If your cell phone rings once from an exotic location, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office says don’t call back.
Scammers are placing thousands of calls from Antigua, Barbuda, Jamaica and other locations to random U.S. cell numbers in hopes curious U.S. residents will call back.
Then, the caller gets charged $19.95 for an international call fee and another $9 per minute, according to a news release.
The Attorney General’s Office says consumers who have been contacted in this scheme say the calls have originated from Antigua or Barbuda (area code 268), the Dominican Republic (809), Jamaica (876), British Virgin Islands (284) and Grenada (473).
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If it’s a legitimate call, someone will leave a voicemail, according to the news release.