The newest phone scam is known as the “One-Ring Phone Scam”: Scammers call your phone, let it ring once, and hang up.
The hope is that you will call back, allowing the scammers to charge you while you’re connected.
(No surprise, the calls usually come from outside Canada)
If you call the number back and they answer you could get with a international call fee ($19.95) as well as a charge of up to $9 per minute
(Area codes to look out for: 268, Antigua or Barbuda; 809, Dominican Republic; 876, Jamaica; or 284, British Virgin Islands.)
Luckily most of us won’t fall for it, so scammers have computers calling thousands of people every hour. That way, a few are bound to call back, thinking the unrecognized call might be an important one.
If you get a suspicious call, Google the area code and number…you can then see where the number called from (unless they have that annoying call from 1-111-111-1111 or 0-000-000-0000)
If you do get scammed, tell your phone carrier— they may cancel the charges