Memphis, TN, Feb., 2014 - BBBs are receiving reports of a one ring phone call scam making its way across the nation. The recent spate of ‘ring and run’ calls reported by consumers is being received on cell phones. Returning a missed call from an unknown number might be tempting, but it could cost you.
Here is how it works:
“The practice of third parties placing unauthorized charges on wireless accounts is called ‘cramming,’” said Randy Hutchinson, president of BBB serving the Mid-South. “If you don’t recognize an out-of-state telephone number on your caller ID, ignore it and don’t call back.”
Victims have reported calls originating from the Caribbean Islands, like Grenada, Antigua, Jamaica, and the British Virgin Islands.
BBB warns if you think you’ve fallen for the scam, immediately notify your cell phone provider and keep an eye on your phone bill. The earlier the fraud is documented, the better your chances for having some or all of the charges removed.
Bottom line – if it’s “Unknown”, leave it alone.