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BBB Warns Consumers About The 'One Ring' Phone Scam
Do you ever receive phones call on your cell phone and when you answer the caller doesn’t respond to your repeated ‘hello’. You may even hear faint background voices, but there’s no verbal response to your ‘hello’ so you hang up thinking its a poor connection or a wrong number?
Unless you know who’s calling it’s not a good idea to call back. Your cell number may have been targeted by a new scam called the ‘One Ring’ phone scam.
International scammers have programmed computers to blast out millions of calls to cell phone numbers, ring once or twice, then disconnect. The objective is to make you curious about a call and dial that number back.
The ‘Gotcha’ happens when the cell phone owner calls the number back.
That telephone number you are calling is a premium rate number connected to an adult entertainment service or chat line located outside the U.S. The longer you stay on the line, the more charges rack up on your cell phone which typically appears as a $19.95 charge.
This is the old cramming scam of the 1990’s making a comeback on cell phone numbers. Cramming is the practice of third parties placing unauthorized charges on telephone bills. In some cases, scammers may only place a small charge of several dollars, month after month ,so as not to arouse suspicion.
The area codes that appear on the caller ID often originate from;
Dominican Republic (809) Jamaica (876) British Virgin Islands (284) Grenada (473)
Consumers also report calls with Minnesota and Canada area codes.
How to avoid being crammed:
- Notify your wireless provider and OPT OUT on all third party billing to your phone
- Check your cell phone bill carefully every month, look for small charges that are vaguely identified or unfamiliar billing references
- Report unauthorized charges to your wireless provider & BBB
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