Scam Inspires Curious Victims to Dial Fee-Laden Phone Number

 

If your phone rings once, you may want to ignore it in order to avoid unexpected phone bill charges, advises Victory State Bank. The financial institution, Staten Island’s only community-based business bank is calling attention to a telephone-related scam alert from the New York State Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection.

According to the state agency, the scam begins when the victim receives a phone call from an unfamiliar number. The caller hangs up after one ring and it’s up to the victim to decide whether to call the number back.

As soon as the call is connected, the victim is charged several fees – a fee to establish the call, a fee charged for each minute the victim remains on the line, and any international long distance fees that may apply.

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection warns consumers to be wary of phone calls from unfamiliar telephone numbers.

To prevent falling victim to this type of scam, take note of the following tips:

  • If you do not recognize a number, simply don’t call back. By returning the call, you are verifying that your number is “live” and can expect similar calls in the future.
  • If you are unsure, perform an online search to find out where the call is coming from, and whether or not others have received suspicious calls from the same number.
  • If you notice suspicious charges on your phone bill, contact your carrier. You may be able to reverse the charges.

For more information regarding scam prevention and mitigation, please contact the New York Department of State, Division of Consumer Protection at 518-474-8583.

 

 

 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.

 

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