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Avoid the One Ring Scheme, Don’t Call Back

Avoid the One Ring Scheme, Don’t Call Back - The Beacon

01-2014

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By: Jason

Avoid the One Ring Scheme, Don’t Call Back

Your Better Business Bureau (BBB) wants to alert you to a wide-spread scheme that we are hearing about from multiple sources. Consumers in our area and in several parts of the country are receiving calls that hang up after one ring leaving no message. Consumers don’t recognize the number and call back to see what the call was about. The problem is that the number they call back is a foreign number and the phone charges can be extremely expensive. The person who answers on the other end tries to keep the consumer on the phone as long as possible to run up a huge bill. The phone bill can be hundreds even thousands of dollars with the perpetrator of the scheme receiving a portion of it. Thus far the calls primarily originate from the following countries and their area codes.

Grenada 473

Dominica 767

Antigua & Barbuda 268

Aruba 297

While these Caribbean area codes are the primary area codes to avoid, any foreign area code could result in a huge phone bill. As we have warned previously the 876 area code is for Jamaica and is a prime source for various schemes.

Do not return any unsolicited calls to these area codes. Even a brief call could be very expensive. If you see a phone number you do not recognize, check the area code online before even considering returning the call. If it is a missed call from a foreign area code you can report the number to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357 or at www.ftc.gov.

For more information you can trust, visit www.bbb.org/evansville.

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Jason

Jason was the Manager of Dispute Resolution Services with the BBB and primary handled consumer complaints. He also assisted consumers with business inquiries. He was a regular contributor to the blog.