Was away for the weekend and went through my messages....one lady said she was from a bank I deal with and had an important message and I was to call back a 1-888 number which then transferred me to an operator who said I had to authorize a service charge to get the message...didnt go for it...then called my bank and asked what was up...they said it was a scam and reported it to their security department...
Then she told me about this scam....and I along with everyone I know gets these weird calls from out of province...Just another reason to not answer...
This week is National Consumer Protection Week and there is a scam in the works that is affecting millions of people. It's called the “one-ring” call scam.
Your phone rings and a number pops up you don't recognize. It rings only once. And now you're curious.
“It's just using people's natural curiosity to get them to call a number,” said Susan Grant with the Consumer Federation of America.
She says calling that number back could get you into trouble.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, the “one-ring” cell phone scam is growing nationwide, affecting up to one million Americans a day.
Here's how it works: scammers auto-dial cell phones across the country at random. The calls are from area codes that include: 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.
“It could look just like a U.S. number,” said Grant.
But it actually may be coming from the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands or Grenada.
When you call back, a message says you have reached an operator -- please hold.
In some cases, the calls go to adult entertainment or other expensive services.
The Washington state attorney general reported that victims were charged $19.95 for an international call and $9 a minute.