BBB warns of cell phone scam

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WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WAVY) – The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning to cell phone users of a scam involving one ring and unauthorized charges on monthly statements.

Consumers in several states say they get calls on their cell phones in which the caller hangs up. When they call the number back, consumers are connected to a paid international adult entertainment service or chat line. They are then billed for both the incoming call they answered and the service, usually appearing as a $19.95 charge.

The BBB recommends if you do not recognize an out-of-state phone number on your caller ID, ignore it. If you do answer, do not call back.

Some of the area codes seen in the scam include the Dominican Republic (809), Jamaica (876), British Virgin Islands (284) and Grenada (473).

Check wireless bills carefully and report carrier of any unauthorized charges.

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