Hidden fees haunt many ring tone websites

The European Union is warning about rip-off Web sites marketing mobile phone ring tones and graphics.

The EU says eight out of ten Web sites it checked that are selling the products are tricking consumers with hidden fees or false advertising. The EU's consumer affairs commissioner says a Europe-wide investigation uncovered shoddy sales practices, and that consumers "have been ripped off."

The sales practices include hiding the true cost of downloads or not telling customers that they are signing up for a subscription.


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