We have an important scam alert to pass along Thursday night, this time involving what appears to be a toll-free number.
One woman was trapped in a phone call she assumed was toll-free because it started with an eight, only to find out later that the number came from Jamaica, and charged her $227. The caller claimed she'd won a prize.
To avoid scams like this in the future, the Better Business Bureau is advising folks to look up area codes to confirm they're toll- free before calling back.
"Just be very very sure of the area code you're calling. some people,” says Dreama Jensen from the Better Business Bureau “I know we'll have people call the office and say this is toll free because the number starts with an eight, and that's not true. Again, if you don't recognize that area code not positive what it is, look it up. Phone books in the front will give area codes for cities, or you can call an operator, or go online, easy way to do it, just go online."
The Better Business Bureau also wants to remind folks that the longer you stay on the phone with suspicious callers; the more likely they are to get personal information.
The best thing to do is hang up as soon as possible, and report it to the BBB.