The news came from Captain Simon Silverman over at the Richmond District station who said that the scam starts only when the victim returns the suspect's phone call. As hard-to-believe as it might sound, this is happening.
Here's how the Captain explained it:
Scammers let the phone ring once and then hang up, prompting a missed call notification on phones. When an intended victim returns the call, police say they hear a message like “You’ve reached the operator, please hold,” while being slammed by a hefty per-minute charge on top of an international rate.
According to Silverman, the calls are coming directly from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they are from within the U.S, but they're not. The area codes are actually connected to international phone numbers, and on the other end of the line are international scammers.
Those area codes include: 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.
Consider yourself warned.
A new scam has hit San Francisco where criminals are randomly duping unsuspecting residents into paying for long distance phone calls they didn't know they were making.