The Better Business Bureau is warning cell phone users about a new scam that can result in unauthorized charges on your monthly wireless statement.
It's called the "One Ring" scam because the scammers program computers to send thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers, ring once and then disconnect.
The scammers then hope you are curious enough to return the missed call right away.
"This scam is spreading across the country rapidly," said BBB President Tom Bartholomy.
Here's how it works:
When you return this missed call, you are charged $19.95 for the international call fee.
After that, there is a $9.00 per minute charge.
You may hear music and then advertising as the per minute charges add up.
Consumers who have been duped by these calls report that they are coming from the Caribbean Islands including Grenada, Antigua, Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands.
If you think you may have fallen for this scam, you should immediately alert your cell phone carrier and keep an eye on your cell phone bill.
"The earlier you document the fraud, the better your chances of having some or all of the charges removed," said Bartholomy.
The BBB recommends that if your phone rings and it's an international number you don't recognize, you should not answer and do not call back.
For more information on scams, go to www.bbb.org