As a society of information access and limitless knowledge, it comes as no surprise that when an unknown number calls you want to know who it is and why they are calling. There is typically less stigma nowadays on answering or returning a call from an unknown number for fear of telemarketing, thanks to acts likes like the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003. This information desire is causing a lot of scams that target your money. Recently there have been a series of reports of a new phone scam. People receive a phone call it rings once and then automatically hangs up. When the targets sees the missed call and calls the number back, the meter begins to run. First they are charged a fee for calling back and the amount increases the longer they stay on the line. Some scammers increase the length of these calls by having music play in the background so callers think they are on hold.
Don’t become a victim! If you have a missed call from a number you don’t recognize and they do not leave a voicemail, DO NOT call it back! If it’s that client you’ve been hoping to hear from, that company for which you applied, even your long lost Uncle Fred… they will leave a message or call you back. Anyone with anything important and legitimate to say will let you know who they are and what they want.
Also, because this scam has received a lot of media attention, don’t cause yourself to be ignored. When reaching out to someone who may not have your information, leave a message if they don’t answer and include your phone number in the message so they don’t accidently dial back the wrong missed call and fall victim to this scam.