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A one-ring call on your cell phone

Ken Kleinlein

Ken Klein­lein

By Ken Kleinlein

Crime Scene

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – After receiv­ing inquiries rel­a­tive to this scam it is time to address it.

Your cell phone rings just once, you answer and nobody is on the line, how­ever you get a missed call mes­sage. You won­der who was call­ing you. Curios­ity takes over and you dial the num­ber that appears on the caller ID.

DON’T DO IT! It’s a scam and will cost you a lot of money!

This is sim­i­lar to a con game where calls were made to home tele­phones. How­ever, some folks are get­ting rid of their home phones and using cell phones to com­mu­ni­cate. The scam artists are aware of this and now make calls to cell phones.

Thanks to pri­vate inves­ti­ga­tor and retired NYPD detec­tive Tom Ner­ney for con­tribut­ing to this article.

The LINY Nas­sau County Police Depart­ment has released the fol­low­ing warn­ing rel­a­tive to this scam.


One-Ring Phone Scam

Police are warn­ing res­i­dents about the “one-ring phone scam,” which uses auto-dialers to tar­get cell phone num­bers across the coun­try. The dan­ger to con­sumers is not in receiv­ing the call, but in call­ing back.

Scam­mers let the phone ring once and then hang up, prompt­ing a missed call noti­fi­ca­tion. When an intended vic­tim returns the call, police say they hear a mes­sage like “You’ve reached the oper­a­tor, please hold,” while being slammed by a hefty per-minute charge on top of an inter­na­tional rate. Police say the calls come from phone num­bers with three-digit area codes that look like they are from within the U.S., but are actu­ally asso­ci­ated with inter­na­tional phone numbers.

The area codes used by the scam­mers include 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.
To pro­tect them­selves, police advise cell phone own­ers to ignore a call like this should they receive one. If you’re tempted to call back for what­ever rea­son, check the num­ber on online direc­to­ries or search engines first so you can con­firm where the phone is reg­is­tered or see if it’s listed as a scam phone number.

If you have been the vic­tim of this scam try to resolve the charges with your cell phone car­rier and if that doesn’t work, file a com­plaint with the Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov (877 382‑4357), and/or the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion at www.fcc.gov/contact-us or call 888 225‑5322.

Law Enforce­ment News:

Sara­sota County Sher­iff Tom Knight pre­sented the annual Leg­isla­tive Cham­pion of Law Enforce­ment Award to State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ray Pilon, Dis­trict 72, for his con­tin­ued sup­port of the Florida Sher­iffs Asso­ci­a­tion and law enforce­ment in the state.

Thanks to Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Pilon, a for­mer police offi­cer and sheriff’s deputy, for his efforts to keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe. For more infor­ma­tion go to www.electraypilon.com

The Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office has received a fed­eral grant that will allow them to seek national accred­i­ta­tion for their foren­sic ser­vices unit.

Please pray for the fam­i­lies of the two Penn­syl­va­nia State Troop­ers shot from ambush at their bar­racks by an assas­sin. At the time of this writ­ing the sus­pect, Eric Matthew Frein had not been appre­hended. He is wanted for mur­der and attempted murder.

Take care, be care­ful, and I’ll see you at the next Crime Scene.

God bless and pro­tect our mil­i­tary, law enforce­ment, and fire fighters.

Ken Klein­lein is a for­mer NYPD spe­cial frauds detec­tive coor­di­nat­ing with local, state, and fed­eral law enforce­ment, along with accred­ited secu­rity firms, on mat­ters of crime pre­ven­tion and pub­lic infor­ma­tion.

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