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'One-ring' scam targets cell phone users with missed calls

Consumers have been warned about an unusual phone scam in which perpetrators let the phone ring once and wait for a call back.
Posted By Kate Stanton   |   Feb. 4, 2014 at 8:53 PM   |   Comments

CONCORD, N.H., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Be careful about answering that missed phone call. According to the Better Business Bureau, a number of American residents have been receiving calls from numbers that ring once and hang up.

Cell phone users who decided to return the call could end up with unwanted charges on their next bill.

The organization says calls usually come from foreign countries, like Antigua and Barbuda, with area codes like 268, 809, 876, 284 and 473.

People who call back are connected to an "adult entertainment service" that charges an international fee of $19.95 and at least $9 per minute spent on the call.



There's a name of this time of scam -- "cramming." The BBB recommends that you ignore out-of-state calls that you don't recognize and that you check your cell-phone statements for odd charges.

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