Your cell phone will ring just long enough to have a missed call notice and the numbers appear to be a phone number with a three digit area code based in America, but they’re not.
When you call back, they are actually linked to an international number that’s established as a “premium service” and you will be charged up to $20 dollars per minute.
In some cases, cellphone statement has featured charges of only a few dollars in hopes that cell users won’t notice.
Several scamming area codes that appear on the caller ID have been identified, including 473, 809, 284, 649, 268 or 876. They are country codes for islands like Grenada, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
Ignore incoming or missed calls from out-of-state phone numbers that you don’t recognize, and carefully check phone bills.
Protect yourself. Ask your telephone provider if there’s a way to restrict third-party billing on your account. Some telephone providers may offer this service for free or for a small fee.
Curiosity killed the consumer. Don’t call that number back! Odds are you don’t know anyone from the most common international area codes used in this scheme, and if you do know someone they will leave a message or call back.