Scam revolves around missed calls

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. -- Scammers have found another way to take your hard earned money. It's called the "one ring scam."

Captain Gregory Foster is with the Nassau County Sheriff's Office. He got a call from a would - be scammer.

"I got a call from Antigua - on my departmental cell phone," he said.

Here's how the scam works. Victims get a call on their phone, usually from Antigua or Barbados. The phone rings just once and shows as a missed call.

"The general tendency is to return a phone call," Captain Foster said.

Returning the call could cost you. The Nassau County Sheriff's Office says there's a $20 charge just for calling the number. There's also a charge of up to $10 for each minute you're on the phone.

Foster says he wasn't expecting a call from the Caribbean.

"Knowing that I would have no reason to have anybody from Antigua call me, I did not return the call," he said.

It's a move that could have saved him lots of money.

"It's just another way to try to scam people out of money," he said.

The Better Business Bureau says if you've returned a call like this or notice a charge on your bill, call your phone service provider. The BBB says the sooner you call, the better chance you have of getting all, or some of your money back.


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