One ring scam affecting Mainers

7:47 PM, Feb 11, 2014   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you have been getting calls from mysterious phone numbers from Antigua or other Caribbean countries, you are not alone.

The Better Business Bureau and Federal Trade Commission recently issued warnings about a one ring cell phone scam circulating around the country. It's a scam that is affecting people here in Maine. We asked NEWS CENTER fans on Facebook if they had been targeted, and we received more than one hundred comments in an hour. Most said they did not call back, but a few did report returning the calls, and that's how the scam works. Scammers call and hang up, hoping that you will return the call. When you do, you get charged for making an international call and will likely see other fees on your cell phone bill. Martha Currier with the state Attorney General's office says the best way to protect yourself is to closely monitor your phone bills and resist the urge to return calls from unknown numbers.

"Our advice is play hard to get," Curried told NEWS CENTER. "If somebody calls you and you don't know the number, you don't have to call them back. If they need to reach you they will call again, they'll leave a message."

If you do fall victim to the scam, Currier says you should ask the cell phone company to reverse the charges. If the company refuses, The AG's office provides free mediation. You can reach them by calling 1-800-436-2131.
















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