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It's a scam: Why returning this call could cost you big


PERRY Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Courtney Sparkman said recently she received a strange.

"When I saw the number I thought maybe someone was trying to contact me about a family emergency," Sparkman said.

The Better Business Bureau said it's part of the "one ring" phone scam and it could mean racking up costly international charges.

Sparkman said she chose to ignore the call.

Director of Communications Heather Clary said that was the right decision.

Clary said the con artists depend on your curiosity to call them back and and no cell phone provider is safe.

"They're being levied a charge on their bill of $19.99 plus any additional charges per minute for returning that call," said Clary.

If it's out of the country Clary said recovering that money could be difficult and unfortunately this scheme is working.

"Some of these three digit area codes do connect people with the Caribbean and the islands there without necessarily having to dial an international code," said Clary.

Beware of calls coming in from area codes 268, 809, 284, 473, 876 and 473.

The take away is don't let curiosity get the best of you.

Clary said, "If you're in the habit of calling a number back that you've missed to see who it is you may want to change that habit."

That's because these international calls can be quite expensive.

Clary said the BBB is not sure how scammers are getting the numbers.

It might be too early in your billing cycle to know if you've been charged if you did return the call.

Clary said you can report scams by contacting their Lexington office toll-free at 1-800-866-6668.

Services are also available by logging on to www.bluegrass.bbb.org.


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