One Ring Scam - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

One Ring Scam

A new scam involves your phone and scammers potentially taking money out of your pocket. 

“Your phone rings one time before you have the chance to answer it, then the call is disconnected. People are prompted to call back because they fell like they’ve missed a phone call," said President and C.E.O. of the Better Business Bureau of North Central Texas, Monica Horton

It's called the "One Ring Scam" and you won't believe how scammers are getting your money.  

“The con artists are setting up caller paid toll services. It’s a phone line that authorizes them to put third party charges on your phone bill," said Horton.

The area code showing up on a number of people's phones are from places in the Caribbean. The number you call back is also out of the country and these third party charges coming out of your pocket unknowingly, are ridiculous.

"Once you initiate the phone call you get a charge for $19.95 and then $9 per minute thereafter," said Horton.

Actually, the practice of these types of charges showing up on your cell phone bill is called cramming, which is nothing new.

“There has always been third party cram charges on your phone bill, so consumers need to be really careful and screen their bills monthly,” said Horton.

You can call your phone provider to put restrictions on third party charges. Also, if you don’t recognize the number calling you, do not respond. If someone wants to get in contact with you, hopefully they will leave a voicemail.

The Better Business Bureau has been looking into this "One Ring Scam" since the beginning of 2014. Although there haven’t been any reported victims in Texoma yet, you must remember to check your phone bill for any unauthorized charges.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6  
  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • 4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

    4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:34:45 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:49 PM EDT2018-04-23 01:49:10 GMT
    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)
    Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

  • Syracuse fraternity permanently expelled over racist video

    Syracuse fraternity permanently expelled over racist video

    Saturday, April 21 2018 5:46 PM EDT2018-04-21 21:46:07 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:48 PM EDT2018-04-23 01:48:31 GMT
    Syracuse University permanently expels fraternity for "extremely racist" video. (Source: WSYR/CNN)Syracuse University permanently expels fraternity for "extremely racist" video. (Source: WSYR/CNN)

    Syracuse University has permanently expelled a fraternity over an offensive video that fraternity members say was intended as satire.

    Syracuse University has permanently expelled a fraternity over an offensive video that fraternity members say was intended as satire.

  • White House: No plans by Trump to fire Mueller, Rosenstein

    White House: No plans by Trump to fire Mueller, Rosenstein

    Sunday, April 22 2018 2:05 PM EDT2018-04-22 18:05:12 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:47 PM EDT2018-04-23 01:47:11 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, then-President-elect Donald Trump, right, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pose for photographs as Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse i...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, then-President-elect Donald Trump, right, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pose for photographs as Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse i...

    The White House says President Donald Trump has no intention of firing special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    The White House says President Donald Trump has no intention of firing special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Powered by Frankly