Scam: Beware of phone calls you don't recognize

Did you miss a phone call? You may want to think twice before calling the number back.
February 4, 2014 3:32:29 PM PST
Did you miss a phone call? You may want to think twice before calling the number back.

ABC11 Troubleshooter Diane Wilson says it's the latest scam targeting you.

A missed call that could cost you at least $20!  It's a simple scam called the "one ring" scam.

Your phone rings only once, and then disconnect. You don't recognize the number, and the scammers are hoping you call it back.

"The first thing you get hit with immediately is a $20 fee for an international call, $19.95, and then after that it's about $9 a minute," said Toby Barfield with the Better Business Bureau.

Barfield says while the number may appear to be within the United States, you're really calling an international number, which can lead to lots of unexpected charges.  

"What we've heard is that they use every ruse to keep you on the line as long as possible," said Barfield. "What we've heard is they will put you on hold, have music playing and keep you on that line."

The calls appear to come from Caribbean nations. The area codes for the calls include 268, 274, 473, 809 and 876.

The bottom line is if you have a missed call on your phone, and don't recognize the number, don't call it back.

If you get one of these calls, report it to your cell phone carrier because if you document the fraud, you have a better chance of getting the charges removed.

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