People will do anything to make a little extra cash, even if that means that it’s at the expense of a stranger’s wallet. For years, there have been gimmicks and scams designed to take one person’s cash and give it to another.
With the broadening technology over the years, our privacy is at a threat more than ever as hackers and scammers can easily gain access to our private information by simply hacking into the system and tracking our online purchases. From there, the criminals go on to obtain our credit card information, where they will easily go on a shopping spree with our hard earned cash. The good news is that banks are more privy to these types of scams than ever before, and they will immediately notify us if they suspect any suspicious activity on our card. Sometimes the banks even go as far as shutting off your ability to make a purchase right when you are in the middle of a transaction that strays from your “normal” spending activity. But, hey…better safe than sorry right?
Another way that scam artists have managed to steal from the innocent, is through another form of communication means…the telephone. Police have dubbed the latest as the “One-Ring scam,” and for good reason. The call, which comes in from an international number, rings once before it hangs up. But the scam doesn’t officially start until the receiver’s curiosity gets the best of them and they call the number back.
The reason why so many people have already been scammed by this form of deception, is because the phone numbers resemble domestic numbers when they appear on your caller ID, thus, luring the received to be filled with curiosity, leading them to call the number back. But, when the person calls back, that is when the scammer has you on the hook and you get connected to a pricey pay-per-call or pay-per-minute phone line. While the number is shown as being domestic, it actually rings back to an international number and you will get charged for the call regardless of whether you end up connected or not.
Furthermore, if you do get connected and the person on the other end asks you for your credit card info or bank details, hang up immediately. This could lead to them signing you up for a costly service.
After investigating the scam, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has concluded that the numbers starting with the following three digits, are guaranteed to be part of the scam: 268, 809, 284, 473, and 876. These numbers actually hail from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic, the British Virgin Islands, Grenada, and Jamaica respectively.
If you’ve recently noticed that an odd number with these area codes has been trying to get in touch with you, get in touch with the FCC as soon as possible. Or if you have any questions about odd numbers, contact the FCC, because that could be a whole other scam.
Be sure to pass this info on to your friends and family members. You may just say their wallet.