Acacia District Update for February 13, 2014
Peoria Police Department Warns Residents About Cell Phone Scam
Peoria Police Warns Residents About Cell Phone Scam
A new scam is costing cell phone users a lot of money and thieves only have to call you once to make you a victim.
The scammers call a cell phone number and only let it ring once so it appears that the victim did not get to it in time. The victim sees a missed call from an unknown number, but never gets a voicemail. Scammers hope curiosity will lead the victim to call the number back and when they do they begin to charge their phone bill up.
If you have recently received a phone call from an unknown number and returned the call, you may want to check your phone bill.
How the scam is accomplished:
This scam involves a phone call where the phone rings only one time. The scammers then hope the owner will call back to see who it was. When they do, they begin racking up the charges. Some reported rates are as high as $9 per minute. Some of the numbers, because they originate out of the country, are charged an international calling fee of $19.95.
The Peoria Police Department is advising if you receive a call from a number you don't know and the caller does not leave a voice mail, do not return the call.
Anyone who may have been scammed is urged to check their phone bill as soon as possible.
For additional information, please contact the Peoria Police Department 623-773-7034.