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BBB warns of cell phone scam

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Posted: Feb 4, 2014 11:56 AM
Updated: Feb 4, 2014 11:56 AM
Source: Better Business Bureau

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Topics: better business bureau, cell phone, scam, wireless, one ring

BATON ROUGE - The Better Business Bureau is warning cell phone users about a scam that could cost them money on their wireless bill.

The scam has been called the "one-ring" scam because phones ring once before they are disconnected. If the person tries to return the call, they are charged a $19.95 international call fee and $9 a minute.

"Scammers are counting on victims being curious enough about a call from an unfamiliar number that they will promptly call back," said Jim Stalls, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau. "Once they are connected, they may be put on hold for a long time, increasing the charge to their phone bills."

Victims say the calls have come from Caribbean nations with area codes like 268, 274, 474, 809, and 876.

The BBB urges people to take note of the phone number and notify their wireless company if they believe they are a victim or intended victim of the scam.

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