Jan. 14, 2014
-- NetSearch411 (http://www.netsearch411.com)
would like to inform the public of a recent cell phone billing scam recently reported by the Better Business Bureau in multiple states across the United States. If not handled properly, simply returning a call from your cell phone could result in a rather large cell phone bill.
In the last two weeks, multiple instances have been reported to the Better Business Bureau where callers from the area codes of 809, 876, 284, or 473 vicinities will place a call to a cell phone and hang up immediately before the call is answered. The cell phone owner will then return the call to find out who called resulting in a third-party unauthorized charge of $19.95 or more. This cell phone tactic is known as "cramming" and takes advantage of the common practice of returning missed calls found on a cell phone caller ID. However, cell phone users should be warned that not every call to a cell phone from the 809, 875, 284, or 473 is necessarily a scam. Therefore, great care and research should be conducted before returning a call from an unrecognized phone number. Cell phone users should be wary of any calls coming from a phone number that is unrecognized or perform a people search (http://www.netsearch411.com
) or reverse phone search on the internet before returning the call. The Better Business Bureau recommends if you do not recognize a phone number received on your cell phone caller ID, you should ignore it and do not call back. As well, if you see unauthorized charges on your cell phone bill, inform your carrier immediately and you may be able to have these charges removed.
The above information is provided to the public as a public service announcement by NetSearch411 in order to provide ongoing support for privacy of cell phone numbers and . NetSearch411 is a cell phone and email search organization formed in response to a desire for cell phone users to provide their private contact information to those who request it, while still maintaining a sense of privacy. NetSearch411 provides a permission based system that informs members of a search for their private cell phone numbers and provides a permission based system to allow or deny the release of this private information.