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Check that area code before answering your phone

The scammers are back and this time they have a much more sophisticated method of stealing your money. It’s called the “one ring scam” and it’s designed to rack up major charges to your bill.

Here’s how it works. You’ll get a phone call from a random number with a strange area code and it’ll only ring once. When you call back, you’ll be slammed with messages like “Please stay on the line and wait for an operator” or you’ll hear hold music.

While you’re waiting, you’re getting hit with major charges, both per-minute and international charges.

The area codes look like they’re from the U.S, but they're not. They are from areas like the Caribbean.

Here is a list of area codes you shouldn't call back:

  • 268
  • 284
  • 473
  • 664
  • 649
  • 767
  • 809
  • 829
  • 849
  • 876

And keep your eye out for these scamming methods:

  • The scammers will call and hang up before you answer.
  • The scammers will wait for you to answer and play a pre-recorded message of someone in an emergency and hang up, hoping you’ll call back.
  • They’ll send you a text saying they are in trouble. To summarize, if you see a number you don’t recognize, don’t answer and don’t call back.

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