Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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February 4, 2014

Cellphone scam surfaces in the area

Better Business Bureaus across the country are seeing a rash of the One-Ring Scam on cellphones recently. “Returning a missed call from an unknown number might be tempting, but it could cost you,” said BBB of Cincinnati officials.

“Here is how it works: Your phone rings once, maybe twice and these days with most of phones having Caller ID, it will show as unknown on the screen. By the time you answer it, no one is on the other end of the phone and he or she will not leave a voice mail message. So you try calling back, only to find no one is answering or there is some noise on the other end.”

The scammers count on the fact that consumers don’t always closely look at their monthly statements, which may include a premium rate of $19.95 plus international fees, or that if they do, consumers might assume the charges are legitimate.

Several BBBs across the U.S. are reporting this is happening. A Cincinnati resident received such a call stating the number originated from Antigua.

BBB leaders suggest, “If you think you’ve fallen for the scam, immediately notify your cellphone provider and keep an eye on your phone bill.”

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