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It's called the one-ring scam. And if you fall for it, it will cost you a lot of money.
Here's the scam: You receive a call on your cell phone from area code 473. The caller hangs up after a single ring, hoping you'll call back. And if curiosity gets the better of you and call back, you've been scammed.
Forbes reports that while area code 473 appears to be a domestic phone number, it is not. It is actually for the islands of
This isn't the only area code pulling this scam. Others include 242, 246, 264, 268, 284, 345, 441, 473, 649, 664, 758, 767, 784, 809, 829, 849, 868, 876 and 869.
So, what can you do to protect yourself?