New Phone Scam Uses Missed Calls From These Area Codes

The Federal Trade Commission is warning of a new phone scam that tricks people into making expensive calls. 

It’s being called the “one ring” area code phone scam, according to NBC affiliate KWQC.

In the scam, scammers will call your cell phone but let it ring just once so that it leaves the appearance that you may have a missed call, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s warning. Once the customer calls back the missed number, they are hit with a per-minute charge at an international rate, the warning said. 

The calls are from phone numbers that look as if they are regular domestic digits from an area code within the U.S., but really they are premium international lines that cost several dollars per minute, according to the FTC.

There are nine area codes that users should be on the lookout for, the FTC says, including: 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829 and 876.

Experts suggest that if you miss a call, and don’t recognize the number, do not call the number back.

Published 15 minutes ago | Updated 14 minutes ago

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