Phone scam could cost wireless users

The Better Business Bureau is warning people of a new cell phone scam.

The scam could add unauthorized charges to someoneâ??s cell phone bill.

The scam has been dubbed the â??one ringâ?? scam because victimsâ?? phones often ring only once before the call is disconnected. If a victim tries to return the call, they are charged a $19.95 international call fee plus $9 a minute for the duration of the call.

â??Scammers are counting on victims to be curious enough about a call from an unfamiliar number that they will call back right away,â?? said Michelle L. Corey. â??Once they are connected, they may be put on hold for ages, increasing the charge to their phone bill. These people have no conscience.â??

Victims have told the BBB that the calls appear to come from Caribbean nations including Grenada, Antigua, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica or the British Virgin Islands. Area codes for the calls include 268, 274, 473, 809 and 876. However, some calls may be domestic.

BBB advises people to take note of the phone number the calls come from and notify their cell phone carriers immediately if they believe they have been victims of the scam.

The BBB recommends that if you receive a call from an unfamiliar out-of-state telephone number on your caller ID, ignore the call and do not call back. Check your wireless bills carefully and inform your carrier if you spot any unauthorized charges.