Don’t Call Numbers You Don’t Recognize

ClickAway customers have been telling us a lot about don’t call scams lately. They see a missed call and try to call back to see who it was. According to a recent warning issued by the Better Business Bureau, however, that quick call-back can end up costing consumers ridiculous sums of money.

The sting is called the “one-ring phone scam” and involves perpetrators setting up computers that call thousands of random numbers, let the phone ring once, and then hang up. But when you call back, you are billed a $20 international call fee and then connected to a paid premium service, such as an adult chat line that charges $9 per minute or more.

The BBB says the calls are often from area codes outside the U.S., such as Antigua or Barbuda (area code 268), the Dominican Republic (809), Jamaica (876), British Virgin Islands (284) or Grenada (473).

“Better Business Bureau recommends if you don’t recognize an out-of-state telephone number on your caller ID, ignore it and if you do answer, do not call back,” the group said in a news release. “Also you should check your cell phone bills carefully and inform your carrier if you spot any unauthorized charges. The earlier you document the fraud, the better your chances of having some or all of the charges removed.”

Let us know if you’ve seen this scam and the area codes the calls are from. Call us at 800-960-9030 or stop in at any of our 6 locations.

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