Beware of the “One-Ring Phone Scam”

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Beware of the “One-Ring Phone Scam”

Criminals are targeting people throughout the country, including Calvert County, simply by calling them. Intended victims receive a call on their phones which rings once and then disconnects, thereby arousing the call-recipient’s natural curiosity – “who just called me and from where?” Sometimes the caller actually allows the phone to ring long enough for the victim to answer then, after stating something unintelligible  — the caller (or the caller’s robo-caller system) hangs up, enticing the victim to wonder what is going on and call back.

Perpetrators of this scam program their computers to blast out thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers, ring once, and then disconnect. This scam relies on consumers calling back missed calls, which then connect them to a paid international ‘chat’ line, or other service located outside the country.

Victims who return the call are billed an international call fee, along with per minute charges for the unwanted service, which can be $9 per minute or more. In some cases, the scammers may only put through a small charge of several dollars, so it won’t arouse suspicion.

Don’t let curiosity get the best of you. If you don’t recognize an out-of-state telephone number, ignore it. If you do answer, do not call back. Remember, if a caller has something important to say, he or she can leave a message identifying themselves.
You should also check your cell phone bills carefully and inform your carrier if you spot any unauthorized charges. The earlier you document the fraud, the better your chances of having some or all of the charges removed.

Below are area codes from which the “One-Ring Phone Scam” may originate:
242-Bahamas
441-Bermuda
784-St. Vincent & Grenadines
246-Barbados
473-Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique
809, 829, 849 – Dominican Republic
264-Anguilla 649 – Turks and Caicos
868-Trinidad and Tobago
268-Antigua
664-Montserrat
876-Jamaica
284-British Virgin Islands
758-St Lucia
869-St. Kitts & Nevis
345-Cayman Islands
767-Dominica
2014-12-19T06:11:21-05:00February 19th, 2014|Categories: News|

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