Lower 48 phone scam scares Alaskans

Hold the phone, scammers have yet found another way to take money right out of your pocket.

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by Derek Smith

ANCHORAGE- Hold the phone, scammers have yet found another way to take money right out of your pocket.

"It's very tricky because your first impulse is to call back to see who it was," Alaska's Better Busines Bureau Regional Manager Michelle Tabler says. 
 
That's when curiosity kills the cat. 
 
" A lot of these people are calling an actually international phone number, so youre getting charged for these phone numbers," Tabler says. 
 
 
It's called the one ring scam. Scamming computer programs blast out thousands of calls a day to random numbers. It rings once, then disconnects. The objective? To make you call back. 
 
"Some of them might have actual rates when it could be $19.95 just to make the phone call," Tabler says. 
 
The Better Business Bureau advises you to know your rights. Check your phone bill every month. So far, zero reports in alaska. 
 
"We haven't gotten any calls, but its been happening in the country and we are getting the word from other BBB's that this is going on," Tabler says. 

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