Crime Tracker: One Ring Phone Scam Hits Spokane - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Crime Tracker: One Ring Phone Scam Hits Spokane

Posted: Updated:

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's pretty common to want to return a missed phone call, even if you don't recognize the number. But beware! It could be part of a phone scam sweeping the country right now. It’s called the "one ring scam".

Here’s how it works: scammers overseas buy or steal lists of u-s cell phone numbers and use computers to mass dial those numbers. On your end, the phone rings just once or long enough for you see there's a missed call from an area overseas. When you call back, the scammers charge your phone bill just like a 9-hundred number. $20 for the call and another $9 for every minute you were on the line.

The Better Business Bureau says this scam works because it doesn't raise any red flags. It doesn’t ask for your social security number, your credit card number or any private information. The BBB in Spokane says it has received reports of people receiving these international calls, but no one in our area has reported returning the call and being charged. It reminds people to keep an eye out for missed phone calls from overseas and areas where you don't know anyone. It says to resist the urge to call back because you could end up paying a lot of money if your return that phone call.

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Bouncer Shot In Leg At Lion's Lair Bar, Police Looking For Suspects

    Bouncer Shot In Leg At Lion's Lair Bar, Police Looking For Suspects

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:38:31 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - We now know the identity of the man who was working as a bouncer at the Lion's Lair Bar when he was shot in the leg just before 2am Thursday morning after throwing two people out of the bar. His name is Todd Stone and he has posted a comment about the incident on his Facebook page. Police are currently looking for two suspects who fled the scene.More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - We now know the identity of the man who was working as a bouncer at the Lion's Lair Bar when he was shot in the leg just before 2am Thursday morning after throwing two people out of the bar. His name is Todd Stone and he has posted a comment about the incident on his Facebook page. Police are currently looking for two suspects who fled the scene.
    More >>
  • UPDATE: Stabbing Suspect Appears In Court Thursday On Multiple Charges

    UPDATE: Stabbing Suspect Appears In Court Thursday On Multiple Charges

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:35:17 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police responded to the 1300 block of W. Boone on Wednesday afternoon for a report of a stabbing. Police say the victim was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries after being stabbed in the neck and chest. 23-year-old Richie L. Attwood has been arrested in connection to this stabbing.
    More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police responded to the 1300 block of W. Boone on Wednesday afternoon for a report of a stabbing. Police say the victim was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries after being stabbed in the neck and chest. 23-year-old Richie L. Attwood has been arrested in connection to this stabbing.
    More >>
  • Throwback Thursday: Who Remembers The NFL Draft From 1993? It Was A Big Year For WSU's Drew Bledsoe!

    Throwback Thursday: Who Remembers The NFL Draft From 1993? It Was A Big Year For WSU's Drew Bledsoe!

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:19:18 GMT
    KHQ.COM - With this being "Cougar Week" in Spokane and the NFL Draft coming up, this week's TBT video clip looks back at the 1993 NFL Draft when WSU's Drew Bledsoe was the #1 pick by the New England Patriots.More >>
    KHQ.COM - With this being "Cougar Week" in Spokane and the NFL Draft coming up, this week's TBT video clip looks back at the 1993 NFL Draft when WSU's Drew Bledsoe was the #1 pick by the New England Patriots.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.