One Ring Phone Scam: Don't Call Back

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- If you miss a call from somewhere in the Caribbean Islands, don't call back. It's a scam that people are falling for across the country including right here in Western New York.

It's called the one ring scam. The Better Business Bureau explains that it works like a collect call, because if you call the number back - you get charged on your phone bill. The area codes of the caller are usually from the Caribbean area, including 809, 876, and 284.

There are reports of New Yorkers and people in different states where the caller hangs up after the first ring as a hook to get you to call back. If you do, you're connected to an adult entertainment or chat line outside the country. Almost $20 dollars is charged on your phone bill.

"Defiantly playing with our emotions here," Peggy Penders said. " Where the phone just rings once and then they hang up -- so they're hoping that you call back."

" If you see area codes that you're not familiar with don't pick up the phone," Penders said." Wait to see if it's important enough to go to voicemail."

The caller generally does not leave a message and you can dispute the charges with your phone company, but you need to do this within 60 days.


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