One-ring – cell phone scam can ding your wallet

    Who is calling you now? This number doesn’t ring any bells. The Reported calls advises you to hold the phone. The growing “one-ring” scam could make you a victim.

    Here’s how it works. One-ring. Scammers allow the phone to ring only once, just enough to trigger a missed call message.

    Scammers want you to call back. They could be because you think the call was not legitimate or curious about who called. You’ll likely hear “Hello” if you do. “Hello, operator. You have reached the operator.” Throughout this time, you will be charged a per-minute fee in addition to the international rate. These calls come from numbers with three-digit area code numbers that appear to be from the U.S. but are actually associated with international numbers, often from the Caribbean. These area codes are 268, 284, 664, and 649. 767, 809, and 829.

    Do not pick up a call like that, and don’t return the call. “One-ring” cell phone scam can ding your wallet

    Do not be tempted to dial back. Instead, check the number online. This will be able to tell you where the number is registered.

    You can resolve charges with your mobile phone carrier if you have been the victim of the “one-ring scam.” If this fails, you can file a complaint with the Reported calls.

    As a rule of thumb, read your phone bill line by line. Then, contact your carrier if you are unsure about a charge.

    My cell phone is ringing, and I must get out of here.

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