- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - An international phone scam apparently has hit central Illinois.

WJBC radio in Bloomington reports (http://bit.ly/1d9xvI5) that police have started seeing local reports of the “one ring” scam. Bloomington Police Department spokeswoman Sara Mayer says a computer program will automatically dial thousands of numbers at time. She says scammers let the phone ring once and then hang up.

Experts say scammers hope those who receive the calls are curious enough to call back. That’s when callers are charged $20 for an international call fee and an additional $9 a minute.

The Better Business Bureau urges residents not to return calls from international numbers that they don’t recognize.

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Information from: WJBC-AM, http://www.wjbc.com

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