Missed Call From An Unknown Number? Better Business Bureau Warns Of “One Ring” Scam
The Better Business Bureau is warning people who use cell phones about a simple “one ring” scam. It preys on curious minds and missed calls.
Scammers are using auto dialers to call thousands and thousands of cell phones. They let it ring once, and then when you look to see who called, some may call that number back and then you are automatically going to be charged $29 additional on your phone bill. The calls cost $20 up front and then $9 for each additional minute.
The unknown number is usually from outside the United States, but they use the same country code (+1, which we share with Canada and almost all of the Caribbean nations, from the Bahamas to Jamaica), so it looks like a US number. And, while the FTC requires US numbers to inform the caller up front of additional charges, international numbers are not subject to that rule.
Protect yourself by not calling unknown numbers back. Or, if you feel that you need to call the number back, search the web first with the full number to find out where it originates and what person or company may have ties to the number. And lastly, check your phone bills carefully and call your cell phone carrier if you suspect anything.