BBB Scam Warning: The one ring scheme

By KBJR News 1

BBB Scam Warning: The one ring scheme

February 5, 2014 Updated Feb 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning cellphone users to watch out for a new phone scam called the "one-ring scheme".

So far, victims have reported that their cellphones ring once and then the call disconnects. Scammers are counting on people’s curiosity getting the best of them and hoping they’ll dial these numbers back, which are international calls that can lead to hefty charges.

The BBB say the best policy is to ignore calls from strange numbers and disregard the temptation to dial them back.

“This scheme definitely plays on our natural curiosity,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “However, in this case, simple curiosity can get you into some trouble.”

Calls of this nature have hit nationwide. In most cases, the calls hang up before people can even answer. Or if people do answer, they hear moaning or a commotion of some kind and then the call disconnects.

In either case, these calls leave their information on your caller ID.

Some people, believing the call is domestic, dial the number back. Reports indicate those calls are then routed to international adult entertainment or chat lines where charges can accumulate rapidly.

The area code that most often comes up is a call from Grenada (473). Other international prefixes which might appear on caller IDs in connection with the scam originate from the Dominican Republic (809), Jamaica (876), the British Virgin Islands (284) and Antigua (268).

BBB advises people to watch their cellphone statements closely and to contact their carrier immediately if strange or unauthorized charges are noticed.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns