Latest Phone Scam – One Ring Call-Back
It's late at night and the phone rings just once. There's a # on the caller ID. Should you call back? NO! Here's why.
According to the FCC, scammers are now hitting the area with what the organization is calling a "one ring" call back scam. The situation evolves like described above. Scammers target certain area codes in "bursts", usually phoning one # numerous times to create concern.
The goal of this very new and illegal scam is to make you concerned about this late-night call, so much so that you call the # left behind. Then, when next month's phone bill shows up, you'll more than likely see an extensive charge for a "premium service", similar to a 1-900 call.
Recent #s left on caller IDs have been from area code '222', a West African Country Code, according to the Federal Communications Commision.
The FCC gives us a few general guidelines to follow:
- Do not call back numbers you do not recognize, especially those appearing to originate overseas.
File a complaint with the FCC if you received these calls: www.fcc.gov/complaints
- If you never make international calls, consider talking to your phone company about blocking outbound international calls to prevent accidental toll calls.
- Check your phone bill for charges you don’t recognize.