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(WLTX) -We're on your side with a phone scam warning that is sweeping across the country and right here in the Midlands.

It's called the "One Ring" scam, because the scammers program computers to send thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers, ring once, and then disconnect.

The scammers then hope you are curious enough about the call that you return the call right away.When you return the call. you are charged $20 for the international call fee.After that, there is a $9.00 per minute charge.

Consumers who have been duped by these calls report that they are coming from the Caribbean Islands, with area codes that include 473, 809, 876, 284, and 268.

If you think you have fallen for this scam, immediately alert your cell phone carrier and keep an eye on your cell phone bill.The earlier they document the fraud, the better your chances of having some or all of the charges removed.

Experts recommend if you don't recognize a number, research it before you call it back.

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