BBB Warns of One-Ring Scams

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The Better Business Bureau warns about a new scam that can add unauthorized charges to your monthly bill.

The scam has been dubbed the “one ring” scam because victim's phone often ring only once before the call is disconnected. If a victim tries to return the call, they may be charged a $19.95 international call fee plus $9 a minute for the duration of the call.

The calls appear to come from Caribbean nations including Grenada, Antigua, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica or the British Virgin Islands. Area codes for the calls include 268, 274, 473, 809 and 876. However, some calls may be domestic.

The BBB recommends that if you receive a call displaying an unfamiliar out-of-state telephone number on your caller ID, ignore the call and do not call back. Check your bills carefully and inform your carrier if you spot any unauthorized charges.

Click here for more information and consumer tips or call the BBB at (256) 850-0719 or (866) 94-BBB19