NEWBERRY — A new phone scam called the One Ring Scam could leave members of the community with hefty phone bills and big headaches.
With the “One Ring” scam, a person’s phone rings once before disconnecting in the hope the user will do a reverse call to see who attempted to contact them. The numbers usually come from islands like Grenada, the British Virgin Islands and Antigua, according to WISTV.com.
Those who call the number back are charged $19.95 for an international call, with an additional $9 per minute. The lure is that many times callers are connected to an overseas adult entertainment service, according to WIS. They also listed that common area codes to look out for are 268, 809, 876, 284 and 473.
On the Verizon Wireless community message board, customers have shared their experiences with the scam, including locations that have attempted to call them, and asked if there was anything their phone provider could do to help. A response in the forum said Verizon did not have a way to block numbers from an entire area code or country but customers could visit http://vz.to/1crkZy9 and have the option block up to five numbers per line on the account for free.
City Police Chief Jackie Swindler said their department has not had any complaints thus far from citizens but that doesn’t mean members of the Newberry community haven’t fallen victim.
“If you get a call from a number you don’t recognize, don’t call it back — especially if it’s not local,” Swindler warned the community.