Scammers are luring local cell phone users to return their call by hanging up before a consumer answers the call. Residents, believing that a friend or family member has called, return the call only to be slammed with international fees for as much as $19.95 in addition to charges of $9 per minute, warns the OCP. When a consumer returns the call, they will hear music, or an advertisement as the crook charges access fees to their phone.
To prevent these charges, consumers should:
- Only return calls to known telephone numbers.
- Before returning a call to an unknown number, do an internet search on the telephone number.
- Contact your wireless provider and ask about blocking calls to your number.
- Remember, a legitimate caller will call back if they are unable to reach you.
For more information, contact the Office of Consumer Protection at (240) 777-3636, by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit OCP’s website at http://montgomerycountymd.gov/OCP.