‘One ring’ cell phone scam hitting Carolinas

The Better Business Bureau
serving Eastern North Carolina is warning cell phone users about a new
scam that can add unauthorized charges to their monthly wireless bills.

scam has been dubbed the “one ring” scam because victims' phones ring
only once before the call is disconnected. If a victim tries to return
the call, they are often charged a $19.95 international call fee plus $9
a minute for the duration of the call.
Scam artists are counting on
victims to be curious enough about a call from an unfamiliar number that
they will call back right away. 

“… this scam is spreading
rapidly and is quickly becoming a nationwide problem,” said Toby
Barfield, president and CEO of BBB serving Eastern North Carolina.
WLTX reported that the issue is happening in the midlands near Columbia.

calls typically originate from outside the United States. Victims
report that these calls are mainly coming from Caribbean nations
including Grenada, Antigua, Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands. Area
codes for these calls include 268, 274, 473, 809 and 876.     
recommends that if you do not recognize an out-of-state telephone
number on your caller ID, ignore it and do not call back.
Also, you
should check your cell phone bills carefully and inform your carrier if
you spot any unauthorized charges. The earlier you document the fraud,
the better your chances of having some or all of the charges removed.
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