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Police: One-Ring Scam Reported In WNC, Upstate

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The one-ring scam doesn’t always stop with a simple phone call. The one-ring scam doesn’t always stop with a simple phone call.

Scammers are getting you to call them.

“There are scams where if you call back these numbers overseas, they charge your phone, some of them up to $2,400 per minute,” said Capt. Chris Lovelace with Forest City Police Department.

This week a staff member of the police department got a call from a 268 area code which is from the Caribbean.

Lovelace says it was part of a scam.

“They try to either keep you on the phone by talking to you or they leave a recorded message for you to continue listen to while they are charging your phone.”

Lovelace says the scammers operate what is like a 1-900 business.

However, since the call originates from overseas, it is not regulated by the U.S. government. That means callers don’t have to be notified about the rates involved.

While phone companies report this isn't a new scam, it is being used and in more ways than one.

Scammers aren't just calling and hanging up. They are also reportedly sending out blast emails and texts messages.

“It was wanting me to call a number back, but I immediately just deleted it,” said Chrystal Long who works in Forest City.

Long recently got a text on her phone from a number she didn't recognize. The message directed her to call a number with a Caribbean area code.

Police advise to resist the urge to call any unknown number back. If you are curious, you can look up the area code online or call your phone carrier.

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