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Police warn residents of 'one-ring' scam

Staff report

Kentucky State Police are warning cellular phone users about a new "one-ring scam," according to a news release.

Police said chapters of the Better Business Bureau nationally report incidents of "ring and runs" on cellular phones, which is a scam based on residents returning a missed phone call from an unknown number. The method called phone-cramming uses automated dialers that send out thousands of calls to random numbers. A international-based computer program dials U.S. customers, lets the phone ring once or twice then hangs up and doesn't leave a voicemail.

A user's account will be charged $20 for the call back and $9 for each additional minute on the line. Residents will be billed for the incoming international call if they answer and for a "premium service" which will appear as $19.95 on their cell phone bill, according to a release from the Better Business Bureau.

Most of the area codes are from the Caribbean Islands but the calls are untraceable. The following areas have been connected to the scam - the Dominican Republic (809), Jamaica (876), British Virgin Islands (284), Grenada (473), Aruba (297) and Antigua (268), according to a news release from state police.

Police are advising residents not to return calls from unknown phone numbers, to review their phone statement regularly and to contact their wireless carrier about any unauthorized charges and to find out how to block the numbers.

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