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New Scam Targeting Cell Phone Users Leads To Hefty Charges

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WMDT 47 News - A new scam targeting cell phone users is gaining momentum nationwide.

It's called the "One Ring" scam. Crooks are utilizing computer technology to dial thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers. It rings once, then disconnects. The scammers then hope the victims will be curious enough to call the number back. If a victim does return the call, they're being charged premium and international call fees. Some consumers report finding a fee of $19.95 on their monthly invoice.

"In addition, what BBB has been hearing from consumers is they might get something like music on hold - it says that the operator is busy please hold. They sit and listen to music and they've called a premium number. So not only are they getting those international call fees, but they're getting charged a certain amount of dollars - like $9 a minute," Jody Thomas, vice president of communications of the BBB of Greater Maryland said.

We're told most of the numbers have been tracked to the Caribbean. One report was recently received from Canada.

If you get a phony call, write the number down and contact your cell phone carrier immediately.

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