Authorities warn of ‘one ring’ phone scam

February 5, 2014 

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about the "One Ring Phone Scam" occurring nationwide. Authorities said even law enforcement officers have gotten phone calls from these scammers.

In this scam, the thieves use computers to dial cell phone numbers in the Unitied States. They wait for just one ring, then hang up. Often people who get a call from an unfamiliar number will call back to see who it is. The scammers prey on that, hoping the would-be victims call back.

But those who make the call will be charged a $19.95 international phone fee, and depending how long they stay on the phone, an additional $9.95 per minute.

Authorities recommend that people getting the calls do not call the number back. If it's a legitimate caller, he or she will call back and let the phone ring more than once.

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