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Beware One Ring Phone Scam
Better Business Bureau ^ | January 30, 2014

Posted on 01/31/2014 6:38:35 AM PST by Second Amendment First

If you receive a call on your cellphone preceded by just one or two rings, chances are it’s part of the new One Ring phone scam spreading across the U.S. faster than a summer wildfire.

Here’s how it works: International scammers have programmed computers to blast out millions of calls to cellphone numbers, ring once or twice, then disconnect. The objective is to make you curious enough to dial that number back.

The “gotcha” happens when you return the call. You’ll be charged $19.95 for the international call fee itself and $9 per minute thereafter. “Oftentimes consumers say they hear music and then advertising, so they think nothing of staying on the phone. It’s easy to see how quickly charges for these international calls can add up," said Shelley Polansky, vice president of communications for Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming

Consumers who have been duped by these calls report calls coming from Dominican Republic (809), Jamaica (876), British Virgin Islands (284), Grenada (473) as well as Minnesota and Canadian area codes.

If you think you’ve are a victim of the One Ring scam, you should immediately alert your phone carrier and keep an eye on your cellphone bill. If you have not already done so, opt out of all third-party billing to your phone.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: phonescam; ripoff; scam
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I had a call from 268-762-0023 this morning and it rang twice. I don't answer unknown calls but often google them to see who's calling. Crooks who do this should be castrated.
1 posted on 01/31/2014 6:38:35 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First
Crooks who do this should be castrated

Three or four times, piecemeal-ish.

2 posted on 01/31/2014 6:41:32 AM PST by tomkat ( -1 -2 -3 = #4)
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To: Second Amendment First

i do the same thing when i get calls from unknown numbers... this past week i have received 3-4 phone calls from weird 4-digit numbers... like 1003, 2019, 3008, etc... of course, i did not answer, but i do wonder about the strange 4 digits...


3 posted on 01/31/2014 6:41:58 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Second Amendment First
"Crooks who do this should be castrated."

True but the phone companies need preventive measures on this type of activity.


4 posted on 01/31/2014 6:43:35 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Second Amendment First

Thanks for posting this.


5 posted on 01/31/2014 6:44:31 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: latina4dubya

Caller ID spoofing is the practice of causing the telephone network to display a number on the recipient’s Caller ID display that is not that of the actual originating station. The term is commonly used to describe situations in which the motivation is considered malicious by the speaker or writer. Just as e-mail spoofing can make it appear that a message came from any e-mail address the sender chooses, Caller ID spoofing can make a call appear to have come from any phone number the caller wishes. Because of the high trust people tend to have in the Caller ID system, spoofing can call the system’s value into question. Many people have claimed that, after answering a spoofed call, the charge for the call is larger than it would be for a legitimate call.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caller_ID_spoofing


6 posted on 01/31/2014 6:45:10 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Thanks for the info.


7 posted on 01/31/2014 6:45:42 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Second Amendment First
You’ll be charged $19.95 for the international call fee itself and $9 per minute thereafter. “Oftentimes consumers say they hear music and then advertising, so they think nothing of staying on the phone. It’s easy to see how quickly charges for these international calls can add up," said Shelley Polansky, vice president of communications for Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming

Since the service provider who bills you has to send funds, there should be a trail leading back to the perp.

8 posted on 01/31/2014 6:46:20 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Thank you.

I never return calls from numbers outside my area code that I dont immediately recognize.


9 posted on 01/31/2014 6:46:53 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: tomcat; Second Amendment First

With a deli slicer set to setting “one”.


10 posted on 01/31/2014 6:47:11 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: DannyTN; Second Amendment First

Another good line of defence is to disable overseas calls on the account. With my carrier I can log in anytime to enable or disable the feature. This is especially important if it’s your kids’ phone.


11 posted on 01/31/2014 6:48:07 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: latina4dubya

If they don’t care enough to leave a message, I don’t care enough to call them back. As and aside, I’ve been getting a few emails from “se” with a note that says to “open attachement to see if I’m interested”. LOL! Yup. I’m gonna break my fingers rushing to open the attachment. NOT!


12 posted on 01/31/2014 6:49:45 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Received this note from a friend and registered.

I’ve received a few unsolicited calls on my cell phone trying to sell something.  If you’re having similar experiences, click on the link below to stop those calls.  Yes, even for cell phones.

http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/donotcall/donotcall.htm


13 posted on 01/31/2014 6:49:54 AM PST by Pit1 (Obama is the big pile in the road.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Half the time, I don’t even call back the people I do know.

;]


14 posted on 01/31/2014 6:54:05 AM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Pit1
click on the link below to stop those calls.

I did so last year. Now I get only the most bizarre unsolicited calls.

Like the one yesterday from PAKISTAN telling me the Microsoft Server was getting error messages from my computer, telling them that my computer was being used by hackers to attack other computers. And that it was ruining my hard drive. And there was no software I could get to fix it. That they would fix it for free, but there would be a charge of....

I guess you can tell how that went.

15 posted on 01/31/2014 6:58:13 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: DannyTN
the phone companies need preventive measures on this type of activity

I'm guessing that the phone company gets a slice of all fees billed to your phone. So they have very little incentive to take action here.

16 posted on 01/31/2014 6:59:23 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Second Amendment First

My cell phone early this week stopped a cell phone from processing a call.


17 posted on 01/31/2014 6:59:39 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Leaning Right
"I'm guessing that the phone company gets a slice of all fees billed to your phone. So they have very little incentive to take action here."

You're probably right. But if so, then that's a scenario where we need government intervention. Government regulations wouldn't be necessary if companies always did what was right.

18 posted on 01/31/2014 7:02:25 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Second Amendment First

19 posted on 01/31/2014 7:03:54 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Second Amendment First
Got one the other week. I don't answer calls from numbers I don't know, and I certainly don't answer calls from area codes unfamiliar to me.

That being said, one nice feature of my smart phone told me the call was from the Dominican Republic, so I certainly wasn't picking up. I do the same thing, unfamiliar number, no message or weird message, or something related to an account, I look it up first.

20 posted on 01/31/2014 7:04:33 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: JimRed

Is it really a crime?
Especially under whatever crazy laws of the country they are located in?


21 posted on 01/31/2014 7:06:54 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Bump


22 posted on 01/31/2014 7:08:19 AM PST by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: Second Amendment First

The NSA knows who these people are. Send the Predator Drones after them.


23 posted on 01/31/2014 7:08:30 AM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Ive gotten a one ring twice in the past 2 nights on our landline, just after midnite

wonder if it’s the same scam?


24 posted on 01/31/2014 7:09:40 AM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Second Amendment First

bookmark


25 posted on 01/31/2014 7:10:21 AM PST by NWHawk (Not Quirky)
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To: DannyTN

Why MORE government intervention???? Seems to me there are several steps I can do that are effective without government intervention!


26 posted on 01/31/2014 7:11:06 AM PST by Shimmer1
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To: UCANSEE2

I got several of those. I have Apple. The other one I hate is credit card services.


27 posted on 01/31/2014 7:11:48 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I know you would never fall for this.....Right?


28 posted on 01/31/2014 7:12:19 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Shimmer1

Let me know when the steps you take effectively protect not only yourself but the elderly and the less than brilliant and kids.

Until then enjoy your annoying ring/hangups.


29 posted on 01/31/2014 7:12:44 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Shimmer1

Let me know when the steps you take effectively protect not only yourself but the elderly and the less than brilliant and kids.

Until then enjoy your annoying ring/hangups.


30 posted on 01/31/2014 7:12:44 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Second Amendment First

I let any call go to voice mail except those in my contact list...and then I might check voice mail every few days...I did NOT get the phone gene.


31 posted on 01/31/2014 7:13:03 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Shimmer1

Why did we need a “do not call” list? There were effective steps we could take, like taking our phone off the hook so nobody could call us. Or just disconnecting the line.


32 posted on 01/31/2014 7:14:08 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Second Amendment First

I’ve had recent calls from an area code which is not listed as a valid area code. How do they do that!?


33 posted on 01/31/2014 7:14:20 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Second Amendment First

they could flash “FREE $$$$” on the caller ID and I would never be curious enough to call them back.


34 posted on 01/31/2014 7:15:39 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: JimSEA
We get about 3 calls a day from Credit Card Services. I have a variety of things I do to those people. Mostly I don't answer but when I do I pretend to be drunk and waste their time, or I put the phone down in front of the radio and let them listen to Rush until they figure it out. Sometimes I get a live person and just tell them how stupid they are. Nothing seems to make any difference and they keep calling.
35 posted on 01/31/2014 7:15:57 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Second Amendment First

I only answer calls that are in my directory. It comes up with the name of the person. You’re not in there I don’t answer.


36 posted on 01/31/2014 7:16:24 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: Shimmer1; silverleaf

Silverleaf is getting this type of call in the middle of the night.

What effective measures do you have for Silverleaf, that still enable them to get important calls in the middle of the night?


37 posted on 01/31/2014 7:16:43 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Shimmer1

I’m going to wait on hold on my Jitterbug phone till all the ads run out of time.


38 posted on 01/31/2014 7:19:56 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Pit1

Is this a different Do Not Call list from a few years ago? The old one no longer works.


39 posted on 01/31/2014 7:19:59 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Second Amendment First

You would think that our government with all it’s NSA snoopynish could crack down on this type of crime with ease and actually do “We the People” a service.


40 posted on 01/31/2014 7:23:50 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Salamander
Half the time, I don’t even call back the people I do know.

LOL, I'm right there with you!! I certainly wouldn't dial back a number that I don't recognize - local or not.

What is it about cel phones that make people lose their minds? If I happen to dial a wrong number, notice it right away and hang up, it still registers as a "missed call" on the other person's line.

More often than not, the person immediately dials back and says, "You called me?".

41 posted on 01/31/2014 7:23:51 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (Washington: "I cannot tell a lie". Obama: "I cannot tell.....I lie")
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To: Second Amendment First
That can be a real problem with smart phones. I once made the mistake, after Haiti, of making a "one time donation" to a charity on my smart phone. The charge was made monthly, and by the time I received a bill and contacted Verizon it was on there three times. It's almost impossible to remove those charges once they're on your phone. The information of where the money was being credited didn't include a name, address, and phone number to contact them.

I don't have a smart phone anymore. It didn't seem all that smart when it came to charges that could be put on my phone bill without me having an easy way to remove them.

42 posted on 01/31/2014 7:27:44 AM PST by grania
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To: Ditter

LOL I have been hitting the block button even though I know they mimic numbers to get around that. My new ones are a “Senior Citizens security alert” and a “Personal Mobility” scam. We can’t easily turn our overseas calls off so we ignore # s or country codes we don’t recognize.


43 posted on 01/31/2014 7:36:07 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: Second Amendment First

PFL


44 posted on 01/31/2014 7:37:16 AM PST by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything.)
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To: Second Amendment First

I got one yesterday from 268 762 0043. It rang once, and I did call back.

I just checked my account, and there are no extra charges there for that call.


45 posted on 01/31/2014 7:40:58 AM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

It’s not the call to you that costs.
They want you to call them back, and they try to keep you on the line.


46 posted on 01/31/2014 7:42:23 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: DannyTN

Drone Strike.


47 posted on 01/31/2014 7:44:32 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
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To: Mygirlsmom

I don’t know what the attraction is.

I hate them and consider them a necessary evil.

Hubby gets annoyed if I don’t answer when I’m out shopping.

That’s the whole point of my “Gone a’Viking” trips alone.

I want to be alone and unbothered.

A cell phone is an electronic leash.

I *rarely* dial anyone and if I do, it’s the autodial feature on some store’s website so I don’t create many wrong numbers, myself.

I have gotten them, though.

One guy repeatedly called my number for weeks, looking for his drinking buddy and got pretty upset that I wasn’t him and didn’t know where he was.

My phone works great as away from home internet and that’s about it...:)


48 posted on 01/31/2014 7:45:19 AM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Second Amendment First
We are becoming a nation of narcissists. When I get a one-ring call, I think it must have been somebody who realized they dialed the wrong number and hung up. If I get a number I don't recognize, especially a long distance one, I just delete it from my phone. I don't assume that some special, important call just missed me by mistake, and if I just call them back something magical will happen. Honestly people, put down the cell phones and live in the world around you.

*This message brought to you by somebody who works in an IT field.*

49 posted on 01/31/2014 7:47:59 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. *Asterisk.*)
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To: UCANSEE2

“Like the one yesterday from PAKISTAN telling me the Microsoft Server was getting error messages from my computer, telling them that my computer was being used by hackers to attack other computers. And that it was ruining my hard drive. And there was no software I could get to fix it. That they would fix it for free, but there would be a charge of....

I guess you can tell how that went. “

If I am not busy, I take the call and keep them on the line until I get bored. My record to date is 45 minutes. I tell them I cannot find the “any” key and can they help me.


50 posted on 01/31/2014 7:48:41 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
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