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Here’s a heads up on the latest huge scam.  If you get a call on your cell phone from an unknown number, and it only rings once, whatever you do, do not call back.

Apparently, scammers in the Caribbean have a computer that calls thousands of random cell phone numbers, then disconnects after one ring.  And the phone number it’s coming from looks local.

But if you call it back, it’s secretly an international call.  You will get charged $19.95 to make the connection, then $9-per-minute.  Assuming you hang up in less than a minute, that’s $28.95 extra on your next cell phone bill.

We’re not entirely clear how the scammers get the money, but the Better Business Bureau is on it, which gives the threat some credibility.

I got a call last night from Grenada, which is a Caribbean country, and when I searched the number it is linked to some sort of scam.  On my phone the number did not appear local, but just a head up.  Beware the 473 area code.

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