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Warning! "One Ring" Scam targets cell phones

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by SwiffJustus, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. SwiffJustus

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    Just a little news from the Scammers Gazette...I'm sure most of you are aware but for those who may not be.

    Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina is warning cell phone users about a new scam that can add unauthorized charges to their monthly wireless bills.
    The scam has been dubbed the "one ring" scam because victims' phones ring only once before the call is disconnected. If a victim tries to return the call, they are often charged a $19.95 international call fee plus $9 a minute for the duration of the call. Scam artists are counting on victims to be curious enough about a call from an unfamiliar number that they will call back right away. "Locally, we have not had any complaints filed, but this scam is spreading rapidly and is quickly becoming a nationwide problem," said Toby Barfield, president and CEO of BBB serving Eastern North Carolina. The calls typically originate from outside the United States. Victims report that these calls are mainly coming from Caribbean nations including Grenada, Antigua, Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands. Area codes for these calls include 268, 274, 473, 809 and 876. BBB recommends that if you do not recognize an out-of-state telephone number on your caller ID, ignore it and do not call back. Also, you should check your cell phone bills carefully and inform your carrier if you spot any unauthorized charges. The earlier you document the fraud, the better your chances of having some or all of the charges removed.

    Source: http://www.nbc26.tv/story/24634116/one-ring-scam-targets-cell-phones
     
  2. Pornguy

    Pornguy Regular Member

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    Wow that is crazy. People have scammed my mom like that before.
     
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    Sounds like a smart scam, they could teach a thing or to to the millions of Nigerian Princes.
     
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    My Mom gets called from these weird numbers all the time, especially in the middle of the night. She did try calling them back before, but I told her never to do that. I will definitely have to check her bills though. Lots of older people will be taken by this.
     
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    Thought this had something to do with the lord of the rings at first..
     
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    Great method. Thanks for sharing. Now scale up.

    All the best.
     
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    This is one of the most common scams in eastern Europe, as far as I know. Thugs in jails mostly do this kind of stuff.
     
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    Important Thread to pass along.... we all need to be aware of this
     
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    This kind of thing had been going on all over Europe (East & West) for ages. By now I would have thought everyone should know better not to reply such calls. Its like getting a spam email in your spam box and downloading the file that comes with it. Hehe this is 2014