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Beware ‘One-Ring’ Cell Phone Calls,
Warns Staten Island Business Bank
Intended victims returning phone-scam calls are slammed with hefty fees
Victory State Bank, Staten Island’s only community-based business bank is reminding consumers and business owners to be cautious when it comes to retuning phone calls of unknown origin.
The NYPD warned residents last year about the "one-ring phone scam," which uses auto-dialers to target cell phone numbers across the country. The danger to consumers is not in receiving the call, but in calling back.
Victory State Bank is urging Staten Islanders to remain diligent although some time has passed since the NYPD warning. According to police, scammers let the phone ring once and then hang up, prompting a missed call notification on phones. When an intended victim returns the call, police say they hear a message like "You've reached the operator, please hold," while being slammed by a hefty per-minute charge on top of an international rate.
Police say the calls come from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they are from within the U.S., but are actually associated with international phone numbers.
As of 2014, the area codes used by scammers included 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.
To protect themselves, police advise cell phone owners to ignore a call like this should they receive one.
If you're tempted to call back for whatever reason, check the number on online directories or search engines first so you can confirm where the phone is registered or see if it's listed as a scam phone number.
If you have been the victim of the scam, police say to try to resolve the charges with your cell phone carrier and, if that doesn't work, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.
About Victory State Bank
VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.