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August 29, 2014 – The Week in Phone Fraud

This week in phone fraud saw multiple reports of the “One Ring” scam popping up across the US. Additionally, a Harris survey found that Americans lost $8.6 billion to phone fraud in the last year.

On Tuesday in Fresno, CA, ABC 30 first reported of the popular “One Ring” scam’s emergence in the area. The One Ring scammers call their victims and let the phone ring once before hanging up, prompting a missed call notification. When the victim calls back, they are charged hefty per-minute charges on top of an international rate fee. Reports of this scam also appeared in Virginia on the same day.

On Wednesday, The Today Show covered a recent Harris survey that found Americans lost $8.6 billion to phone fraud last year. The survey also revealed that men are more susceptible to phone fraud than women. More than half of the respondents also said they either never (33%) or rarely (21%) checked their phone bill to spot potential fraud.

Full Breakdown of This Week’s Phone Fraud News

West Seneca Bee: Police warn residents of telephone fraud scam – August 28, 2014

Yahoo! Finance: Toronto Hydro warning customers of new phone scam – August 28, 2014

Today: Americans lost $8.6 billion to phone fraud in last year, survey suggests – August 27, 2014

BGR: Phone scams cost Americans $8.6 billion last year – here’s how to protect yourself – August 27, 2014

KESQ: Riverside County Sheriff’s in Cabazon are warning people about phone scams – August 26, 2014

BBC News: Phone banking scam nets thousands – August 26, 2014

ABC 13 WVEC: SCAM ALERT: One-ring phone scam – August 25, 2014

ABC 30 KFSN: Police warn of ‘one-ring phone scam’ – August 25, 2014

The Augusta Chronicle: Kelvin Collins: Scammers now targeting utility customers – August 24, 2014

Christian County Headliner: Koster warns Missourians of scam calls from 202 area code – August 24, 2014

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