“One-Ring Scam” Could Connect You to Hefty Fees
If you’ve received a call that disconnects after just one ring, you may be tempted to call back the number you see on your cell phone – and wind up initiating a series of financial woes for yourself in the process.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently warned of a new twist on some previously used cell phone scams where auto-dial software programs are being used to make calls and hang up after just one ring. You see a missed call and, without thinking, dial the number only to find out later you’ve been assessed substantial international fees on your cell phone bill just for connecting to a fraudulent business overseas. And be aware too that while cell phones are the primary target, land lines have also received these scam calls.
While certain country area codes have been cited as potentially suspicious, if you know people who reside in these designated countries or recognize the number, it’s safe to answer that call. In particular, families of service members stationed abroad should verify the authenticity of the number before assuming the number is from a loved one.
Best bet? Don’t answer and definitely do NOT call back any unfamiliar numbers until you’ve determined who called. To check out valid country codes, you can go to countrycode.org or visit the BBB site at bbb.org for more details.