cellphonewomanFRANKFORT, Ky. (2/6/14) — The Kentucky State Police is warning cell phone users to be aware of a new scam called “The One-Ring Scam.”

Better Business Bureaus across the country are seeing a rash of reports of ‘ring and runs’ on cell phones where returning a missed call from an unknown number may cost you.

KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb says scammers profit from individuals who are curious enough to return that missed call.

“A computer program originating outside the U.S. dials American customers and lets the phone ring one or two times before hanging up,” says Webb. “This is enough time to register on a phone’s missed-calls screen, but typically not enough time for a user to actually answer.”

“Many people who receive a missed call will return the call and that is when their account is charged approximately $20 for the call and $9 for every additional minute.”

BBB experts say this is called ‘phone cramming,’ when automated dialers send out thousands of calls to random numbers.

Most of the area codes are from the Caribbean Islands, but BBB says there is no way for them to really know where the calls are coming from.

Webb advises citizens to refrain from returning calls they do not recognize.

“We are encouraging people to review their cell phone statements and contact their cellular carrier immediately if they notice unauthorized charges,” adds Webb.

The following is a list of area codes the BBB said is connected with the scam:

  • Dominican Republic - 809
  • Jamaica - 876
  • British Virgin Islands - 284
  • Grenada - 473
  • Aruba - 297
  • Antigua - 473

SurfKY News
Information provided by Sgt. Michael Webb

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14

In Other News...

Hoppers Fall to Frontrunner Dubois County

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (6/29/15) — Host Hopkinsville fell behind in the opening inning and couldn't recover from its slow… Read More

Register Now for Swimming Lessons

DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (6/28/15) — Dive in to the Owensboro Parks and Recreation Department's Learn to Swim Lessons and… Read More

Most Read This Week

June 24, 2015 44353

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 24, 2015 5178

Unraveling the $34 Billion KRS Ponzi Scheme

by Dr. William F. Smith
June 25, 2015 4261

Accused Synthetic Drug Traffickers Remain in U.S.…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 3129

UPDATE: Victim of Home Invasion/Homicide Died of…

by SurfKY News
June 28, 2015 3093

'Curb Service’ at Local Eatery Ends with DUI…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

June 24, 2015 44353

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 19, 2015 10915

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

by Barry Franklin

Stories Trending Now

June 29, 2015 3129

UPDATE: Victim of Home Invasion/Homicide Died of…

by SurfKY News
June 28, 2015 3093

'Curb Service’ at Local Eatery Ends with DUI…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 2150

Alleged Breast Display Ends in Domestic Assault…

by SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 2079

Nortonville Man Accused of Trying to Choke…

by SurfKY News
June 28, 2015 1801

2015 Freedom Fest Pageant Winner Chosen

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 1420

Two Locals Face Drug Charges

by SurfKY News
June 27, 2015 1403

White Plains Freedom Fest Provides Free Family Fun

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 1318

Accused Synthetic Marijuana Traffickers Appear in…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 28, 2015 823

Can You Recognize a Bully?

by Melissa Landon
June 28, 2015 744

Two Vehicle Accident Results in Injuries

by SurfKY News