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Don’t fall victim to the ‘one ring’ scam

  • Written by Washington State Attorney General

Are you puzzled by a missed mobile call from Antigua, Barbuda, Jamaica or other exotic locations?

No, you have not won a trip to the Caribbean.

Scammers are placing thousands of calls to random mobile numbers around the United States. The phone rings once and then disconnects. Fraudsters hope you will call the number back out of curiosity and then promptly charge you $19.95 for an international call fee and an additional $9-per-minute.

A consumer who contacted the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) reported his Caller ID indicated the call originated in Antigua or Barbuda (area code 268). Other consumers across the country report calls from the Dominican Republic (809), Jamaica (876), British Virgin Islands (284) and Grenada (473).

The AGO recommends to think twice before answering unknown mobile calls — If you don’t recognize the number, don’t answer the phone.

If it’s a legitimate call, they will leave a voicemail.

 

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