If you see on your cell phone that you missed a call, you might be tempted to call the number back, but hold on. There’s a reason why you might not want to do that.
In the last 20 years, cell phone companies have all but done away with long distance fees. Most of us can call another phone just about anywhere in the country for no additional cost.
But experts are saying you may want to rethink that instinct because crooks have figured out a way to cash in, and you could be the one paying.
The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers not to call back numbers they don’t know, even when the missed call notification appears to be coming from a normal 10-digit domestic number. Some consumers report having been connected overseas without knowing.
When that happens, victims “are charged expensive international call rates, and may be charged for pay-per-call services as well,” the FTC wrote in a statement.
Unfortunately, consumers often don’t find out about the higher international call rates until receiving their phone bill — when it is too late.
According to the FTC, some of the numbers that have confused consumers begin with “809”, “284”, “876”, “649” or another three-digit international area code.
For example, “649” goes to the Turks and Caicos, “809” goes to the Dominican Republic, “284” goes to the British Virgin Islands and “876” goes to Jamaica — despite the fact that they look like domestic numbers.
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