BEWARE: New cell phone 'One Ring' scam leaves people with unauthorized charges

(WXYZ) - The Better Business Bureau is issuing a consumer alert over a new cell phone scam that is leaving people with unauthorized charges on their monthly wireless statements. 

The BBB reports that scammers are programming computers to send thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers. Your phone will only ring once, and then the computer disconnects. Scammers then prey on the users that call back right away. 

When they do, the cell phone users are charged $19.95 for an international call and then an additional $9 per minute. 

Officials are calling it the "One Ring" scam. 

"Often they will first hear music then maybe advertising but it's easy to see how quickly these charges can add up," said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.

The calls are originating from the Caribbean Islands, according to the BBB. 

If you have fallen for this scam, the BBB advises that you immediately alert your cell phone carrier. 

 

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