The Better Business Bureau is warning local consumers of a scam involving calls to their cell phones.
The "One Ring" scam involves scammers programming computers to call random cell phone numbers, have it ring once, and then disconnect. The suspects hope victims' curiosity will then get the best of them and they'll call the number back.
However, once victim's call the number back, they are charged $19.95 for an international call fee, with an additional $9-per-minute charge after that. "Often they will first hear music, then maybe advertising, but it's easy to see how quickly these charges can add up," Dennis Horton, the director of the BBB's Rockford office, explained.
Victims have reported calls from the Caribbean Islands, like Grenada, Antigua, Jamaica, and the British Virgin Islands.
While no complaints have yet been filed locally, the BBB is concerned about the rapid spread of the scam. If you think you've fallen for the scam, immediately notify your cell phone provider and keep an eye on your phone bill. The earlier the fraud is documented, the better your chances for having some or all of the charges removed.
Horton advised, "To be safe as possible, the best thing to do if your phone rings and it's an international number you don't recognize, don't answer and don't call back."
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