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Here’s the CNBC story on the rise of the Caribbean phone call scam

Just to revisit the question and blog post from Monday, here's a link to a CNBC story on the same concern -- the "one ring" scam that tries to get you to call back a suspicious cell phone number.

Our post yesterday noted the Washington state AG's office said consumers need to be on the alert for this scam, which involves trying to con consumers into dialing a number originating -- so it says -- somewhere in the Caribbean.

The CNBC report notes: "You'll be connected to an expensive international hotline—usually an "adult entertainment" service—that charges as much as $19.95 as soon as you connect. There may also be a sizable per-minute fee. Those costs typically show up on your phone bill as "premium services."

We have asked the AG's office to identify, if they can, who exactly is the beneficiary of this scam.  Who's the company or service that would reap some money from the scam?  No answer yet.


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