One Ring Call From a Foreign Country Warning-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
Cell Phones all over the U.S. are getting one ring phone calls from countries like the Dominican Republic. The area codes looks like American area codes so calling them could lead to expensive long distance phone call charges.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warning about the “One Ring Scam” is real, according to January 29, 2014 article by a CBS News affiliate in Chicago.
The article said that “a computer sends thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers, rings once, and then disconnects. Curious customers who return the missed call could be charged $19.95 for an international call fee and an additional $9 per-minute charge.”
CBS reported that the calls were generated from the “Caribbean Islands, including Grenada, Antigua, Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands,”
A member of our TruthorFiction Team got such a call from the Dominican Republic with the area code of “(767)” and the word “Dominica” appearing on the display.
Best advice offered by the BBB was if you do not recognize the caller do not call them back,
BBB Warning: Growing Concern Over New ‘One Ring’ Cell Phone Scam
Pittsburgh, PA – January 30, 2014 – Better Business Bureau is warning cell phone users about a new scam that can result in unauthorized charges and international fees appearing on monthly wireless statements.
In the ‘One Ring’ scam, fraudsters program computers to send thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers and only ring once before disconnecting. Scammers are targeting consumers’ curiosity and hope they will return the missed call, despite being from an unknown number. Cell phone users who return the missed call, report being connected to music and advertising messages or an international adult entertainment service or chat line.
Unknowingly, just by returning the call, cell phone users are charged $19.95 for the international call fee and an additional $9.00 per minute. Consumers who have been duped report the area codes originating from the Caribbean Islands including Grenada (473), Dominican Republic (809), Jamaica (876), the British Virgin Islands (284) and Antigua (268).
“Though your Better Business Bureau has not received complaints regarding this scam yet, we anticipate some Western Pennsylvania cell phone users will be affected by these random calls,” said Warren King, president of the Better Business Bureau of Western PA. “Reports of the ‘One Ring’ scam are widespread and continuing to grow. Complaints and inquiries are being received by other BBBs across the country.”
If a person thinks they may have been a victim of this scam, they should immediately alert their cell phone carrier and monitor wireless bills for any unauthorized charges. The earlier fraud is detected, the better the chance of having some or all of the charges removed.
Overall, the best practice to avoid this scam is to not answer the phone for unknown telephone numbers, especially if the area code is out-of-state or from a different country. Do not return the phone call and if it is important, the caller will leave a message.
For more information on identifying and preventing scams, visit bbb.org <http://pittsburgh.bbb.org/scam-source/> .