I just received the monthly bill from AT&T for the good old land line. Usually the bill is pretty uneventful, since we use our cell phones for everything except our internet service and long distance for my wife's home office, which is reimbursed by her company. This time however it had over 2 grand in international calling charges.
My first reaction was "WTF, somebody hacked my phone number and ran up huge bills"
Then the nagging realization came to me that back in March the 18-year-old boyfriend of my 16-year-old daughter went to Africa for a month on a missionary trip. My daughter perhaps did make all of the phone calls, 10 hours over 3 days. When confronted, she claimed that her boyfriend's grandfather had a prepaid international calling card and that is what she used. Well... that may be just a lie, I don't know. But she probably did make all of those calls somehow. The bill is now due. Her calling card excuse makes sense, because we would have noticed her tieing up the landline for 10 hours. Unless we were all asleep, which is possible-- the calls were between 7AM and noon, but if that is the time in Zambia, it would have been between 1AM and 6AM EST, and everyone but my daughter would presumably be asleep and not noticing her being on the freakin' phone.
My question, if a minor is able to rack up huge charges, that are apparently real, is there any recourse to dispute those charges? Probbaly not, I guess, and morally we are responsible for the calls, even though the rate was incredible.
Just asking for people's thoughts. Any experience with a kid racking up a huge charge, possibly by accident?