Random dialing may be getting some cellphone users in the Snake River Region in trouble with their bills.
The cellphone rings and a number appears on the phone. Before you answer it, it hangs up. The number is typically a three-digit area code that looks like a U.S. number. Curiosity gets the best of you, and so you dial the number back. When it answers, there is no one there, but odd sounds. Your shouts go unanswered.
“When you call back, you’re automatically routed to an international adult entertainment or chat line in a non-U.S. location, where you can quickly incur expensive charges,” Robb Hicken, chief storyteller with Better Business Bureau serving the Snake River Region, says.
Cellphone plans are billed through automation and usage on both incoming and outgoing call. You are recognized if you answer the call, and a billing statement is passed through from the service provider on the other end of the line.
BBB advises users if you don’t recognize the number of the person calling, don’t answer. And, certainly, don’t call back.
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