One Ring Scam


They say curiosity killed the cat.

Well when it comes to a missed cell phone call, curiosity won't kill you...but it can cost you.

Here's how:

Your phone rings once. You miss the call. You don't recognize the number but of course you wonder who called.

The Attorney General says you need to resist the temptation to hit redial.

The number may have a "268" area code. Or maybe a 473, 375, or 371.

268 is Antigua. 473 is Grenada. 375 is Afghanistan. 371 is Latvia.

If you hit redial, you will likely be hit with a $20.00 international call fee and up to $9.00 per minute.

"A consumer who gets a call with one ring thinks someone is trying to reach them," says Jim DePriest, Deputy Attorney General. "And its very easy just to hit "call back" and try to call the people back. But we urge consumers not to do that."

DePriest says it is easy to research any number that shows up on your phone. Just enter the number into any search engine and if it is a scam it will show up.

And what should you do if this warning comes too late?

"First of all make sure you watch your bill," says DePriest. "If you incur a charge make sure you dispute that with your phone company. And if you have trouble with that contact our office."

Scammers are using auto dialers to call cell phones nationwide.

DePriest says the warning issued by the Attorney General's office is preemptive. They have had many citizens report getting the calls but have yet to see a big phone bill that resulted from the scam calls.

Air date: February 14th, 2014