One-ring phone scam warning

One-ring phone scam
One-ring phone scam

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Have you ever received a call when your phone rings once and the caller hangs up?

Evansville Police say, if you do, don't call back!  It could be the "one-ring phone scam".

The scammers use auto-dialers to target cell phone numbers across the country.

After the phone rings once, they hang up, which leaves a missed call notification.

When the call is returned, police say there's a message like this, "You've reached the operator, please hold."

While the caller is on hold, they get hit with a per-minute charge along with the charge for an international call.

Police say the calls come from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they're from the U.S., but are actually associated with international phone numbers.

The area codes used include 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.

If you are tempted to call back for some reason, police say to check the number on online directories or search engines first so you can confirm where the phone is registered or see if it's listed as a scam phone number.

If you've been the victim of a phone scam, police say to try to resolve the charges with your carrier.  If that doesn't work, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.

Evansville Police say they haven't received any complaints so far about this scam but they wanted to get the information out there so everyone is aware.

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