n. The practice of adding an unexpected fee onto a person's phone bill.
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Wisconsin consumers complained less about slamming, the unauthorized switching of phone service to another provider, and cramming, the unauthorized addition of services to an account.
—Lee Bergquist, “Wisconsin Utilities Draw a Record 5,416 Complaints,” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 03, 2000
The next big thing in telephone scams is cramming — unauthorized phone charges, often for services customers never receive, from companies they've never heard of.
—Jennifer Files & Alan Goldstein, “Tech Bits,” The Dallas Morning News, November 24, 1997
1997 (earliest)
Call it 'cramming,' 'whamming' or 'super-slamming.' Call it what you will, but Lorraine Parker calls it a ripoff. Parker was shocked recently to find charges crammed deep into her phone bill for services she says she didn't authorize.
—Cam Simpson, “New phone scam: 'Cramming' your bill,” Chicago Sun-Times, October 17, 1997
Of the three terms listed in the earliest citation, the usage marketplace seems to have decreed cramming the winner over whamming and super-slamming. That makes linguistic sense because this practice involves stuffing bogus charges onto otherwise-innocent phone bills, and stuff and cram are synonymous verbs.
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