One-ring cell phone scam!

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I’m sure many people have received a phone call from an unrecognized telephone number. Out of curiosity, some people may choose to answer the call or call the number back.  I would suggest you think twice before doing either of these things. According to Fox 5 news, there’s a scam circulating the nation and it’s called the “one-ring” call scam. Here’s how the scam works: scammers auto-dial random telephone numbers across the country; your phone rings only once and only long enough for the missed call alert to appear. The scammers suspect that a curious individual will call the number back. Fox 5 news reported that the calls usually come from the following area codes: 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849, and 876.

I often receive phone calls from unrecognized telephone numbers. Sometimes my curiosity gets the best of me, prompting me to call the number back. Other times, I will Google the number to find out who called. After performing a Google search for one of the area codes listed above, I was glad I had decided not to call the number back. After performing the search, I found out that other callers had been scammed by a missed call from the very same number that called me.

Susan Grant, of the Consumer Federation of America, explained that the scam calls could look like a U.S. number, but may actually be coming from the Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, or Jamaica. When a person calls the number back, a message will inform them that they have reached an operater, then asks the caller to hold. In other cases, the call may route to adult entertainment or other services.

According to the Washington state attorney general, victims were charged a $19.95 internal call fee and $9 a minute.

There are apps to help protect innocent people from such scams. White Pages Current Caller ID and Truecaller are two of the most popular apps.

Fox 5 news advises victims of the “one-ring scam to try to resolve billing issues with their phone carrier and/or file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.

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