|2/11/2014 - Return Call Telephone Scam Alert|
|A telephone scam that has been around for many years has appeared again. |
This scam involves returning calls to the 268, 809, 284 and 876 area codes that originate from Antigua, Jamaica or another Caribbean island.
Sometimes it just appears as a missed call, also known as a "one-ring scam." Other times, the caller leaves a message on your answering machine, gives their first name and leaves a message such as "Sorry I missed your call... please call me back I have something important to tell you." The reasons you are asked to call back vary and can include such things as a family member is ill, someone has been arrested, died or to let you know you have won a prize.
The overseas area codes can be used as pay-per-call numbers, similar to the more familiar 900 numbers. Consumers that have returned the calls have reported being charged a $19.95 connection fee and an additional $9 per minute.
The practice of third parties placing unauthorized charges on wireless accounts is called "cramming." If you don't recognize an out-of-state telephone number on your caller ID, ignore it, and if you do answer, do not call back.
If you think you've received a call from a potential scammer, immediately report it to your telephone or cellular provider.
Peter Schulz - Editor - Email TCRN