It's almost impossible to keep ahead of the scams these days. This morning I heard of the lastest one that involves a call to your cell phone that can cost you money. It's called the "One Ring" scam and the way it works is that some scam artist calls your cell phone number, let's it ring once and hangs up. They COUNT on you being curious (and gullible) enough to call that number back. It usually results in you listening to an ad, or music, or some other useless information.
Of course, you hang up and think "humph, wonder who that was?". What you don't know is that you have made a call to some remote location and have been charged for that call.
The article I read this morning said this:
The scammers are set up as businesses, with permission to bill you through your wireless provider. According to investigators, the inflated per-minute or per-call charges can run in the hundreds of dollars. Since the scam originates overseas, the international phone numbers are not regulated by laws in the United States, and the scammers make sure the numbers are difficult to trace.
If you think you've already fallen for this scam, alert your cell phone carrier and watch your bill for additional charges. Ultimately, just don't answer calls on your cell phone from numbers you don't recognize.