Police warns against one-ring phone scams

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Police Department in the city of Yuma, Arizona is warning against a new scam that is costing cell phone users a lot of money after returning a call to a missed phone call from an unknown number.

Police said the scam involves a phone call where the phone rings only once with scammers hoping you will
get curious enough to call back to see who it was. When you call back, they begin racking up the charges.

According to KTAR FM, some people reported rates as high $9 per minute charged to their account. Some of the numbers originated in the Caribbean and charged an international calling fee of $19.95 per minute.

Police says if you receive a call from a number you don't know and the caller does not leave a voicemail, do not return the call. There is no danger in receiving the call itself as long as you do not pick up the call and/or answer back.

The US Federal Trade Commision (FTC) Consumer Information on its its website says, the calls are from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they’re from inside the U.S., but actually are associated with international phone numbers. The area codes include: 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.

One more thing, if you are tempted to call back, try checking that number through online directories by going to any search engine and typing the full number digits, this way, if others have received calls from similar number will have probably reported it as scam and where it is registered.

Lastly, if you’re a victim of this type of call, try to resolve the charges with your phone carrier or file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.