BBB Warns of "One Ring" Scam Running Up Phone Charges

January 30, 2014

Better Business Bureau is warning cell phone users about a new scam that can result in unauthorized charges appearing on their monthly wireless statement.

It's called the "One Ring" scam because the perpetrators program computers to send thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers, ring once and then disconnect. The scammers then hope you are curious enough about the call that you dial back.

If and when the cell phone owner returns the call they are charged premium and international call fees. Some consumers across the U.S. report finding an international fee of $19.95, along with a $9 per minute premium call charge on their monthly invoice.

Consumers who have been duped report that calls coming from Caribbean Islands including Grenada, Antigua, Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands.

If a cell phone subscriber thinks he/she may have fallen for the scam, report it immediately to the carrier and keep an eye on future cell phone bills. Document the day, time and number received, along with the day and time the call was returned and any additional or pertinent information.

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