In the digital age, telephone scams are becoming more and more common place in our area.
Fred Elsberry with the Better Business Bureau says a majority of the calls are from international numbers, which at first glance, may seem to be domestic calls.
“ In actuality these are international numbers, and what a lot of people don’t realize most people recognize an international number starting with a 011 but these are international numbers are places like the Dominican Republic which is where 809 goes to and so if you call these numbers back there is a good chance you’re going to incur an international call fee” says, Elsberry.
He says that in most cases, these callers are trying phish for personnel information, such as bank account and social security numbers.
Elsberry strongly urges that no one give any personnel information out over the telephone.
He also suggests an easy way to prevent you from becoming a victim of a phone scam.
“ Only call familiar area codes, and if you’re not familiar with it you can actually go on Google and put the area code in and they’ll do a search and tells you where the call is from and if it’s from somewhere you’re not familiar with. Particularly if it’s one of the se numbers that you think that it’s a domestic call and ends up being an international call, don’t call them” says Elsberry.
Another thing you can do is to check your phone bill carefully and make sure nothing abnormal is happening regarding your bill.
Those wanting to stay up to date on the latest scams can check out the bureau’s website at www.bbb.org.