Check out the email below recently sent out by MyWireless.org. They have some great tips to avoid some common scams.
MyWireless.org is always on the lookout for wireless consumers and we want to warn you about a recent increase in online and wireless scams.
THE 'MISSED CALL' SCHEME: A NEW TWIST ON AN OLD SCAMThis scheme involves scammers calling a customer’s phone, letting it ring once or twice and then disconnecting the call so that the number remains on your call log. Sometimes they might leave a voicemail. The number shows up as a missed call and is typically a normal three-digit area code that would appear to be a U.S. number, but it’s actually an international number. For example, 809 is the Dominican Republic, 876 is Jamaica, 284 is the British Virgin Islands, and so on. When you return the call, you’re automatically routed to an international adult entertainment or chat line in a non-U.S. Caribbean island location, where you can quickly rack up expensive charges. While major wireless companies work to block suspicious numbers on their networks, and most have consumer education systems in place to identify and combat these threats, these scams originate outside the reach of U.S. regulators and wireless providers.
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