If your phone rings once and then stops, and you don’t know the number in the first place, don’t call back!
The person on the other end of the line doesn’t want to talk your ear off.
They just want to drain your bank account.
The Federal Communications Commission recently warned customers it’s part of the “one ring” robocall scheme.
You see you missed a call, but the caller didn’t leave a message, so you call back.
But you get into trouble once you’re on the line, usually trying to figure out what the person or recording is saying.
What you don’t know is that you’ve been charged a fee for connecting, like when you call a 900 number, as well as hefty per-minute fees, according to CBS News.
An expert the New York Times spoke with says scammers get a kickback from the call.
It’s because the call is usually going to a number outside of the United States, even though your caller ID says otherwise.
The FCC says folks in New York and Arizona have seen a spike in robocalls lately.
CBS News says the fake calls have been using the 222 area code for a country in West Africa.
Experts say fees vary depending on where the call is coming from and how long you’re on the phone.
The FCC says customers should check bills for premium charges and try to settle with their phone company and even block outgoing international calls if they don’t make them.
Otherwise, you’re going to use some fighting words once you see your next phone bill!