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  • Officials warn against international phone call scam

  • Officials are warning consumers about a phone scam that can rack up phone bills for international calls.
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  • Officials are warning consumers about phone scam that can rack up phone bills for international calls. The Internet Crime Complaint Center reported that fraudsters are calling a large number of U.S. cell phone numbers, ringing only once before hanging up. The number calling is a high-cost international number, typically in the Caribbean. These missed calls are used to enable International Revenue Share Fraud by keeping the person on the line when they call back. "The longer the caller stays on the line, the more revenue fraudsters generate," ICCC wrote in a release. The recipients of the initial phone call - individuals and businesses - are then billed for an international call. Area codes involved in the fraud include those Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Recipients of such phone calls are told not to return the call and they will not be charged for receiving the initial phone call. ICCC recommends businesses that do not work in those areas should block those area codes.%3Cimg%20src%3D%22http%3A//beacon.deseretconnect.com/beacon.gif%3Fcid%3D145920%26pid%3D46%22%20/%3E
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