A new scam is targeting the curiosity of consumers and the Better Business Bureau wants to remind you that curiosity killed the cat — or in this case ran up his cell phone bill with excessive charges. Watch out for the new “One Ring” cell phone scam. The scam uses a computer to send thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers. The call rings once, and then disconnects. Praying on a lot of people’s desires to call the number back you just called them…well, when you do, you’ll be charged $19.95 for an international call and $9 per minute for the duration of the call. The charges then appear on the victim’s monthly cell phone bill. A majority of these calls are originating in the Caribbean somewhere. Guess who just got a call from Antigua yesterday?? Mandy did!
… The “One Ring” scam comes on the heels of the National BBB’s warning last week of a new credit card scam using small, relatively unnoticeable charges. Victims have noticed an unexplained charge of $9.84 from an unfamiliar website on their credit card statements. The BBB reports scammers are charging stolen credit card numbers with the expectation that many cardholders won’t notice the relatively small charge, and credit card companies won’t go after such a minor sum.