U.S. accuses three more of multimillion-dollar text message scam

U.S. prosecutors on Friday unveiled an indictment against three men for engaging in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud consumers by charging unsuspecting mobile phone users for unwanted text messages. An indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan charged Fraser Thompson, an ex-executive at mobile aggregation company Mobile Messenger, as well as Eugeni Tsvetnenko and Francis Assifuah, who authorities say ran digital content providers. The trio were added to a pre-existing case against five other people and accused of participating in an “auto-subscribing” scheme to charge cell phone customers monthly fees for unsolicited, recurring text messages without their consent.

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