Monday , 20 November 2017

Scam targeting mobile phone users

If your mobile phone rings once, and stops, dont be to keen to see who tried to ring you as it could be a scam,

TYLER, TX – The Better Business Bureau is warning cell phone users about a twist on an old scam that can result in unauthorized charges appearing on their monthly wireless statement.

The practice of third parties placing unauthorized charges on wireless accounts is called cramming. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have reviewed thousands of complaints about the practice, and expect the problem to grow.

It’s called the “One Ring” scam, because the scammers program computers to blast out thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers, ring once, then disconnect. The objective is to make the victim curious about a missed call and return the call right away. Consumers in several states have reported receiving calls. When cell phone owners call back, they are connected to a paid international adult entertainment service or chat line located outside the country.

In most cramming cases, charges are relatively small and often go unnoticed, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas. This is why its so important for consumers to go over their statements frequently and review them line by line.

In the cases reported, however, victims are billed for the incoming international call if they answer, but also the unwanted premium service, which typically appears as a $19.95 charge. In some cases, crammers may only put a small charge of several dollars, so as not to arouse suspicion.

The area codes that appear on the caller ID often originate from the Dominican Republic (809), Jamaica (876), British Virgin Islands (284) and Grenada (473).

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