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State police warn of scam targeting cell phone users

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Kentucky State Police are issuing a warning to cell phone users that may save you some big bucks.

According to KSP, Better Business Bureaus around the country are getting reports of a new scam being called "One-Ring Scam."

The scam starts when a cell phone user sees a missed call from a number they don't recognize. When the curious person returns the call, they later find they have been charged $20 for making the call and $9 for every minute of the call.

"A computer program originating outside the U.S. dials American customers and lets the phone ring one or two times before hanging up," said Sgt. Michael Webb, a KSP spokesman. "This is enough time to register on a phone's missed-calls screen, but typically not enough time for a user to actually answer." 

Webb said you should not return a call a number you don't recognize and review your cell phone statement for any strange charges. If you find something questionable, contact your cellular carrier immediately.

The BBB has compiled the following list of area codes is connected with the scam:

  • Dominican Republic - 809
  • Jamaica - 876
  • British Virgin Islands - 284
  • Grenada - 473
  • Aruba - 297
  • Antigua - 268

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