Experts say 'one ring phone scam' may charge you without your knowledge
MACON, Ga. -- Experts say there is a new trick that scammers are using to steal your money over the phone.
Jason Blankenship, director of business services with the Better Business Bureau, said that some trickers are calling phones from an international number then hanging up in the hopes that victims will call back at a high cost.
Blankenship said that if you call the number back, you will likely be placed on hold and that it may charge you a $20 connection fee in addition to $9 every minute.
He said that millenials are typically more susceptible to this scam because many don't have voicemails set up, so they are more likely to return a missed call.
Blankenship said one of the area codes to look out for is 876, which is from Jamaica.
He said that to avoid being charged, you should not answer or call back numbers you don't recognize. He said that if the call is really important, it is likely the caller will just leave you a voicemail or text you instead of simply hanging up.
Additionally, he said that oftentimes, those who have auto-pay or auto-draft set up on their phone bills may not even know that they have been charged for these calls. He said because of that, it is important to check your statement every month to see if you have been scammed.