BEWARE OF LATEST CELL PHONE SCAM!

Consolidated warns cell phone users to be aware of the latest scam called the “One-Ring Scam”.

Posted 2/10/14

Consolidated warns cell phone users to be aware of the latest scam called the “One-Ring Scam”.

Better Business Bureaus (BBB) across the country are seeing a rash of repots of “ring and run” on cell phones where returning a missed call from an unknown number may cost you. Scammers profit from individuals who are curious enough to return that missed call.

A computer program originating outside of the U.S. dials American customers and lets the phone ring one or two times before hanging up. This is enough time to register on a phone’s missed – calls screen, but typically not enough time for a user to actually answer. Many people who receive a missed call will return the call and that is when your account is charged approximately $20.00 for the call and $9.00 for every additional minute.

 

Most of the area codes are from the Caribbean Islands but there is no way to really know where the calls are coming from. “Consolidated is encouraging people to review their cell phone statements and contact your cellular carrier immediately if you see unauthorized charges. Do not return a missed call if you do not recognize the number” said Rhonda Dukart, Public Relations Manager, Consolidated.

The following is a list of area codes that are connected with the scam:

Dominican Republic 809

Jamaica 876

British Virgin Islands 284

Grenada 473

Aruba 297

Antigua 473

 

 


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