'One Ring' scam update: Cell phone users across US targeted as scam gets worse

We are receiving emails from people all over reporting that they have received these "one ring" unexpected calls from the Caribbean.

I received one to my cell phone during the Super Bowl, as did two producers in our newsroom. 

Luckily, none of us returned the phone call: had we hit "return call," there is no knowing what type of charge would have shown up on our bills.

Scam Targeting Thousands of Cell Phones

Don't know the number calling you? Then don't return the call. 

That's a warning from the Better Business Bureau. The BBB says this is a new type of cramming scam that is targeting people across the country. 

They call it the "One-Ring" scam. 

The scammers behind it don't care about the Do Not Call list, so being on that list won't help you, according to the BBB. 

How it Works 

The BBB says this is how the "One Ring" scam works: 

     -Scammers from outside the country are robocalling cell phones at random. 

     -Your phone will ring once, then stop. When you answer, no one is there. 

     -If you are curious and call it back, you are charged as much as $20 for an international call. 

    -You may also be charged a monthly fee for joining some club you know nothing about. By calling the number, you "authorize" them to place a fee on your cell phone bill. 

What to Do 

The Better Business Bureau says to protect yourself, do not call back any unknown callers, especially if they are not in your local area code. 

If you are curious, Google the phone number. If it is legitimate business, your doctor's office or your insurance company, you will find that out right away on Google. 

Resist the urge to call back, so you don't waste your money.

 

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