Davis Motor Sales banner ad

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

© 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission.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
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

February 21, 2015 7468

Traffic Advisory for Western Kentucky

in Top News For All Sites by KTC
February 25, 2015 6622

Multi-Agency Investigation Nets Large-Scale Meth…

in Top News For All Sites by Trooper Stu Recke
February 24, 2015 6502

Two Charged in Central City Meth Bust

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
February 22, 2015 6293

Easter Cuties Pageant in Memory of Shanice Bean

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
February 21, 2015 5989

Local Administrators Warn Employees to Watch for…

in Top News For All Sites by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
February 25, 2015 5963

New Asian Restaurant Coming to Madisonville

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gary Gates, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

February 12, 2015

UPDATE: Name of Pennyrile Fatality Officially…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
February 09, 2015

Police Pursue Man after Fight at Taco Bell

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Today

February 28, 2015 3020

City's Parking Ordinances to be Strictly Enforced…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
February 27, 2015 2225

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Feb. 27, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
February 27, 2015 2028

Local Church Hosting Spring Campmeeting

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
February 27, 2015 2017

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

in Hopkins News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
February 27, 2015 1969

Tim Thomas to Speak at Rescheduled Black History…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
February 27, 2015 1897

AIRPLAY: Travis Dukes Makes Stop for Jam Session

in Top News For All Sites by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
February 27, 2015 1751

Mustangs Fall to McLean County in Three Overtime…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
February 27, 2015 1677

How to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Home

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
February 27, 2015 1629

Whitfield Presses Health Secretary on Obamacare…

in General News For All Sites by Marty Irby
February 27, 2015 1573

Tips for Travelers Considering a Cruise

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News