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Who’s calling now? That number doesn’t ring a bell. Hold the phone, says the Federal Trade Commission. You could be a potential victim of the growing "one-ring” cell phone scam.

Here’s how it works: Scammers are using auto-dialers to call cell phone numbers across the country. Scammers let the phone ring once — just enough for a missed call message to pop up.

The scammers hope you’ll call back, either because you believe a legitimate call was cut off, or you will be curious about who called. If you do, chances are you’ll hear something like, “Hello. You’ve reached the operator, please hold.” All the while, you’re getting slammed with some hefty charges — a per-minute charge on top of an international rate. The calls are from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they’re from inside the U.S., but actually are associated with international phone numbers — often in the Caribbean. The area codes include: 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.

If you get a call like this, don’t pick it up and don’t call the number back. There’s no danger in getting the call: the danger is in calling back and racking up a whopping bill.

If you're tempted to call back, do yourself a favor and check the number through online directories first. They can tell you where the phone number is registered.

If you’ve been a victim of the “one-ring” scam, try to resolve the charges with your cell phone carrier. If that doesn’t work, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.

And as a general rule: Read your phone bill often — line by line. If you don’t recognize or understand a charge, contact your carrier.

I’ve got to go now; my cell phone is ringing.

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This number calls my office phone constantly. they call every night, 2 or 3 times a night.(I know this because the caller id at my company goes to my email) They don't leave a message. They just called now, first time they've call during normal business hours. No one was on the line. Getting so annoying, especially since I work for a HUGE company. SO ANNOYING.

Opt out should let us block all calls from these area codes. At a minimum, put Caribbean on a separate country code from 1+.

Unfortunately, FTC is scam as well. They take the money on phone bill and we pay taxes that is for nothing of good value in return, FTC does nothing to protect us. What a pathetic government. They are decade behind hackers with no plan to catch-up. I wish they call our beloved one of a kind president's number this many times they call us.

First I got a call from
(253) 293-8331 Marriott
saying they were Marriott and that my number had been selected, like as if I'd won something. That was a computer. Next, a woman comes on, you can hear the telemarketers in the background. She asked me if I was over 25? *I said YES. OH NO... THat's where I probably went wrong. Did they record me saying YES? I hung up.

Next I got a phone call from this number, saying they are American Express: 253 293 6928
Then I pressed zero, the guys asks me, are you an American express card holder? I hung up.

SCAM ALERT~!!!

they call me at least 4 times a day from this and others numbers, they dont stop, same time everyday

There should be a way to block numbers that don't have their name identified I get called by (Caller) 1 786 204 3438 a least 1 time every other day.can't get rid of him because I can't block him and if I did it would bring up another name

585 764-9467. This is a spam caller. Just rings no message amd hangs up on 1 ring. I have recieved this call from this person on ATT multiple times. I dont pick up calls

I am in Alabama and got phone calls twice today and one arrive at 7:12am from this number 301-549-5190. As soon as I called back they hanged up on me. Then I tried to call back and kept getting a busy signal. It's a scam for sure. Do not give out any private info also share this on your SM pages and with your family and friends, specially, elder folks who are easier to fool.

Claims that something expired and I will be taken into custody by local cops and that there are four serious allegations pressed on my name at the moment. I must call them to discuss this case before they take any legal actions assist me. They repeated that I had to call 760-249-2048 two times in the message.

They say our business is signed up for a website design, I told them I have a website. They hung up.

I received 2 calls from this number : 646 6541 2562 while I was out, I don't recognize the number and refuse to call back. Please let me know if you have received calls from this number as well.
Thanks

If its not in my contacts I DON'T ANSWER IT, why bother, it's either a scam or a con. If they don't leave a message then it was a scam, if they leave a message and it's worth calling back, I will, if not then it goes on the REJECT LIST.

Got a call from 800-628-8648. one ring then hang up. can't find anything on google about it being a scam or not.

Called 4x, last call left message, could not understand, sounded like indian accent, sounded angry

beware 972-447-6306

Why cant i talk to someone with a 701 area code

I live in Detroit. But I kept getting 313 calls on cell from Dearborn,MI. The more I block the more my phone ring. When I try to trace the number it takes me all over the place. It is all 313-251
I have about 20 different numbers. Please tell me how to stop them. I am so tired and fed up that I’m in the process of writing a letter to the Michigan AG to help put a stop this. I am ready to file a police report it is just that bad

Just started getting these yesterday.

+261200100239

Please don’t type the number in a normal format. Hate for someone to accidentally tap it and dial.

I got a one second call/ring from +386 49 823 544

Getting calls from a number from Slovenia (+386). Exactly the same thing.

Had 2 missed calls at 5:29 a.m. from 225 49 84 23 89. Checked area code and number from Ivory Coast?? Blocked number.

661-759-9036 is a scam number

here's a new one 1-866-512-8756. Left a very threatening voice mail. No specifics but very urgent somehow. Heavy accented call centre.

1-866 is like 1-800. Just received a fake call saying Revenue Canada, tax, lawsuit and arrest! It is possible in 2018!!!

706-756-0343 one ring scam

Yup, got a call from a 917 number (ny city) all day today. I would pick up and just listen, not saying anything, and they would hang up. Then they called again and I said "who is this?!" After a long pause (fishing for my name in her file), A foreign woman says is (my name) there? She said was from the United States (indecipherable) Dept. I told her to take me off her list and she hung up. Not 30 minutes later they call again, this time a foreign man. I asked who he was he said the u.s. (Indecipherable) Dept and I said "can you spell it? I can't understand you" and he hung up. I called back and it said this number is not allocated.

+ 233 55 364 4714 first time it said united states, then the second time they called it said Ghana. I blocked the number.

I have been targeted by this one ring scam and I live in the UK yet google searches aren't coming up with any reports of this in the uk,sadly I messed up and called back,now I'm signed out of sites and apps that I wasn't previously and my phone keeps saying I'm using private browsing mode when I'm not,I darent even attempt to check my bank or phone account as one article I read said there's another version of the one ring scam where the get your data on calling back and you're then made a victim of ID fraud so right now I'm terrified,especially with my phone acting so weird since that call too,and I have no idea what to do,although I feel contacting the police may be a start,hopefully they can help me or point me in the direction of where I need to go to get help,any advice is greatly appreciated,thanks guys! Stay safe and may god bless you

If you think your phone or computer are not secure, do not use them for banking or shopping.

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If you told a scammer your account passwords, change the passwords on all the accounts.  Read more about tech support scams that interfere with computers.

they make me repeated annoying calls, when I pick up no one responds, it seems it is scammer attempts 201-703-7281( 1:05 PM 3/14/2018) and 201-877-3466 last time 5:26 PM 3/14/2018

You can block the number/Auto reject it with an IPhone as well. Just add it to the "Blick Call/Auto Reject list.

Just received call from 202-801-3851 saying I was randomly picked from federal government to receive a grant of 9200 dollars that I don't have to pay back all they need is my checking account information to put into my account because it's so much money they don't want to send a check or a credit card information to put it on my card! Seriously I asked him for his name and department and he said Steven Mckensie and in the federal grant department and health and welfare department! Lol can you believe this guy! I then told him this was a scam and he started yelling ma'am if you don't believe me just hang up the phone again and again as if he could not hang up on his end this continued as I asked for more informative from him by the way did I mention he had an Asian accent. Unbelievable

recveived two calls from
+248 2 704 700

I keep getting calls from 112696606462 but nobody answers.

Everyday I get a call from an 805 caller, even after I block it I get calls from it. Here's the messed up part, I just got this HTC from a friend who sold it to me for cheap and I was going to give it to my mom because I already have a cell. Long story short the only person who ever got this # was the woman at the courthouse (Idk who she was but she wasn't a clerk, lawyer or something) when I did jury duty. You have to fill out paperwork with your # and address, etc. I'm 100000% sure She sold all the info to who the hell knows. It was after that moment my HTC suddenly started receiving calls.

I added this to my auto phone messages “if you are calling to sell me something, please remove my name from I'm your list. Otherwise leave me a message and I'll call you back.” when I get a call from a number not in my addresses, I simply hit this response and I’m done. My spam calls have been done by 50% since I started this. Shooting for 100%. I also delete all numbers in my call back box weekly that I do not recognize. We do what we do to protect ourself.

So I've been getting calls from numbers that start with 248-999-*** and they only have 9 digits which is kind of weird? I got 3 calls in the past 4 hours and it's super annoying. Anyone else getting calls from this number? How do I block them when each call is from a slightly different number?

got a call from 716 220 8643 saying no name of company on voice mail and says hope to hear from you before the charges are pressed against you, HAHA I got the same phony calls before saying I will go to prison and go to court all that junk they need to be caught and stopped from scaring people.

This number calls several times a day and never says a word! It's so frustrating because I'm working but no matter what, they won't stop. I've been on the do not call list for years. The number of which I'm certain is a scam is 682-499-9878 Caller ID Says KIDS WISH NTWRK

Just did a trace and found location, of course it’s a little crime to the FTC or FBI so I was told to handle it myself. So I will keep watching the news.

You can google the area code or the whole number for some type clue re the caller.

I’ve got 30+ missed calls from this number today

I got a phone call from Rusia hahaha I do not know anybody from Rusia ‭+7 (954) 400-01-44‬

I've got a missed call from +7803061580. They left a message with robot voice: call back to number 703061657 or you'll be arested (something like that). Sould I call to police?

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018 pm at 11:03 pm EDT I got the one ring call from Morocco phone +212 6 61 13 27 86. I am blocking it, of course.

+504 9882-5273 keeps calling repeatedly from Honduras, at least that is what my caller is says.

I get local numbers over and over with no one responding the I either get a call from them and I get someone who asks why I keep calling or I call and they say I keep calling them... If I block number I get the next number calling me

I get local numbers over and over with no one responding at times someone will answer and they say the same thing 'you keep calling me'. If I block number I get the next number calling

I just got a call from 1-551-35

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