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.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Spokane Valley Detectives arrest third suspect in Bret Snow homicide investigation

    Spokane Valley Detectives arrest third suspect in Bret Snow homicide investigation

    Friday, November 17 2017 2:16 PM EST2017-11-17 19:16:40 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives have made a third arrest in the homicide investigation of Bret Snow.  37-year-old Cheryl L. Sutton was arrested on charges of Leading Organized Crime and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder and 1st Degree Kidnapping in connection to Snow's disappearance.  

    More >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives have made a third arrest in the homicide investigation of Bret Snow.  37-year-old Cheryl L. Sutton was arrested on charges of Leading Organized Crime and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Murder and 1st Degree Kidnapping in connection to Snow's disappearance.  

    More >>
  • Sexually explicit photographs distributed and possibly sold in West Spokane County

    Friday, November 17 2017 2:01 PM EST2017-11-17 19:01:42 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - A juvenile who attends Medical Lake High School is just one of several people being investigated by the Spokane County Sheriff's Sexual Assault Detectives after it was learned log-on information to an internet drive contained sexually explicit photos was being sold. On November 11th, a Spokane County Deputy responded to a residence in Medical Lake after receiving a call about the juvenile and his/her involvement with the internet drive.

    More >>

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - A juvenile who attends Medical Lake High School is just one of several people being investigated by the Spokane County Sheriff's Sexual Assault Detectives after it was learned log-on information to an internet drive contained sexually explicit photos was being sold. On November 11th, a Spokane County Deputy responded to a residence in Medical Lake after receiving a call about the juvenile and his/her involvement with the internet drive.

    More >>
  • Navy issues updated statement 'irresponsible and immature act' after pilots draw obscene image in the sky over Okanogan Co.

    Navy issues updated statement 'irresponsible and immature act' after pilots draw obscene image in the sky over Okanogan Co.

    Friday, November 17 2017 1:49 PM EST2017-11-17 18:49:34 GMT

    OMAK, Wash. - I can picture the Austin Powers bit now.  The people of Omak looking up at the sky and seeing a giant (Fill in the blank innuendo here) just like in 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. If you're unfamiliar, I'll save you a Google search.  A simple, yet effectively funny joke.  Except the U.S. Navy doesn't see humor in the real-life version at all.  

    More >>

    OMAK, Wash. - I can picture the Austin Powers bit now.  The people of Omak looking up at the sky and seeing a giant (Fill in the blank innuendo here) just like in 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. If you're unfamiliar, I'll save you a Google search.  A simple, yet effectively funny joke.  Except the U.S. Navy doesn't see humor in the real-life version at all.  

    More >>