'One-Ring' Cellphone Scam Will Trick You When You Least Expect It

Mary Hawkins This Just In

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Ugh. What's up with people getting more and more dishonest with every passing year? There's a brand new cellphone scam out there you need to watch out for -- because it could wind up costing you quite a bit on your phone bill.

Here's how it works. A scammer will call you using an auto-dialer, and your phone will only ring once. When the missed call message pops up on your screen, they're hoping you'll call the number back to see who it was.

But when you do that, you'll likely hear something like, "Hello. You’ve reached the operator, please hold" on the other end of the line.

And that's when your phone bill will get hit will all sorts of charges, from international rates and per-minute charges. Most calls appear to be from inside the U.S. and come with area codes like 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849, and 876 -- but they're actually from the Caribbean.

Ok -- so now that you know the deal, here's what to do if you receive one of these calls.

First, don't pick up the phone. (Duh.)

And if you do get way too tempted and wind up calling back -- you can always try and talk to your phone carrier about resolving the charges.

(But do yourself a favor and just don't make the call until you've checked out the number. Better safe than sorry.)

Does stuff like this scare you?

 

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