Contact Us
Make My Homepage

New Phone Scam Can Cost You Big Time [AUDIO]

Thieves are targeting cell phone users, particularly teenagers and millennials, with a “ring once, then hang up” scam. Best advice: Don’t call back if the number is unfamiliar.

Cell Phones
Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

After the scammers ring and disconnect, curious recipients may view the number and call back — and those people have been getting slapped with international call charges that start around $20 and go up from there. Some fees have approached another $9 per minute, for each additional minute.

The scam seems to be focusing on a number of teens and millennials who may not leave or listen to voicemails. These scammers also tend not to leave voicemails.

Melissa Companick of the Better Business Bureau of New Jersey said if you get scammed, check with your carrier about erasing the charge.

“That’s not always going to be the case but it can’t hurt to ask, you know, and say, ‘It was just an accident and i didn’t want the service,'” Companick said. “The sooner you do that, the better.”

The center of the scam appears to be somewhere in the Caribbean. Barbados is one known hot spot for call sources.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of NJ101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.