The Better Business Bureau is warning cell phone users about the ''One Ring'' scam and a new credit card scam. It's called the "One Ring" scam, because the scammer's 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.
"As yet, we have not had any complaints filed but given how rapidly this scam is spreading and growing across the country our opinion is it won't be long." said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.
When the cell phone owner returns the call they are charged $19.95 for the international call fee. After that there is a $9.00 per minute charge. "Often they will first hear music, then maybe advertising but it's easy to see how quickly these charges can add up," noted Bernas.
Consumers who have been duped by these calls report that they are coming from the Caribbean Islands, including Grenada, Antigua, Jamaica, and the British Virgin Islands. If a person thinks they may have fallen for this scam, they should immediately alert their cell phone carrier and keep an eye on their cell phone bill. The earlier they document the fraud the better their chances of having some or all of the charges removed.
Bernas added, "To be as safe as possible the best thing to do if your phone rings and it's an international number you don't recognize don't answer and don't call back"
Credit card charges of $9.84 to generic websites may be a scam, BBB warns. In the aftermath of the massive holiday data breach that effected Target and a number of other major retailers, consumers are now faced with yet another reason to be concerned about the safety of their credit cards. Reports are surfacing that consumers are finding unauthorized charges of $9.84 on their statements. The business that levied the charge claims that the fee is for "customer support" and it may appear on the statement as one of many different websites. It appears their plan is to fly under the radar when they hit individual accounts.
"These individuals are aware that small charges under ten dollars often go un-noticed, which would not be the case for larger amounts. For example, in the hundreds of dollars," said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. "This fraud relies on consumers being a little careless and not closely examining their statements." Bernas noted, "It is possible that some of the cards that have been hit may be the result of the data stolen in the holiday breach. However, authorities are still investigating that possibility."
Victims of this fraud report that, when they've accessed the website listed on their statement, they were given a customer support phone number and email address. After calling the number, they were told that the charge would be removed. However, the only way that consumers can be certain that they have taken positive steps to protect themselves is to contact their card issuer regarding the suspected fraud and follow their recommendations.
The Better Business Bureau suggests consumers:
• Request a new card
• Place a fraud alert on your credit file. The Federal Trade Commission has easy to follow instructions on its website, www.ftc.gov
• Closely monitor all of your accounts
For more information on credit card fraud and Identity Theft visit www.bbb.org.
On February 1st Police were called to a residence for an individual who was reported as being out of control and tearing up the residence. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of Jammie Allen Aldrich, 27 of Oelwein. Charges include Domestic Abuse Assault and 5th Degree Criminal Mischief. Both charges are simple misdemeanors.
On February 1, 2014 at 1:30 a.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop on a vehicle travelling without headlamps in the 10 block of 7th Street SE in Oelwein. After performing Field Sobriety Testing, Officers arrested the driver, Tonya Jean Cain, age 41 of Oelwein, on a charge of OWI 2nd, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.
On January 30, 2014 at 3:15 p.m., Oelwein Officers were called to a residence in the 400 block of 13th Avenue NW for a reported drug law violation. Officers arrested April Faye Lewis, age 39, of Oelwein, on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance-Synthetic Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor.
On January 27, 2014 at 12:40 a.m., Oelwein Officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of East Charles in Oelwein for a reported disturbance. Officers arrested Domanick Ray Fowlkes, age 20, of Oelwein on a charge of Criminal Mischief 5th Degree, a simple misdemeanor. Fowlkes was also cited for Possession of Alcohol Under Age 21.
On January 26, 2014 at 2:25 a.m., an Oelwein Officer performed a traffic stop in the area of 10th St in Oelwein. The Officer arrested Cori Lee Mahoney, age 43 of Oelwein on charges of OWI 3rd Offense a Class D Felony and cited for Failure to have Valid License.
On January 23, 2014 at 10:26 a.m., Oelwein Officers were called to the 400 block of 1st Ave NE for a disturbance. Officers arrested Monique Alexandria Limon, age 23, of Oelwein on a Fayette County Warrant for the original charge of Driving While Suspended and Failure to Obey Stop Sign.
One Charged - Solicitation To Commit Murder
Cesar Anibal Alicea
On January 22, 2014, at approximately 7:59 p.m., the Oelwein Police Department continued an investigation into a male subject planning and conspiring with other person(s) to commit murder on another individual.
Cesar Anibal Alicea, 41 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; was arrested in the 10 block of Hwy 150 South. The arrest stems from a several day investigation where Mr. Alicea was entreating others to provide items to perform his plan to commit the murder of the mother of one of his children.
Mr. Alicea was taken into custody as he was in the act of acquiring the items necessary to commit the offense.
Cesar Alicea has been charged with Solicitation to Commit Murder – Class C Felony. He was processed at the Oelwein Police Department and transported to the Fayette County Jail.
This investigation was a collaborative effort between the Oelwein Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. This incident remains under investigation.
On January 20, 2014 at 11:15 p.m., Oelwein Officers performed a traffic stop in the 700 block of 2nd Avenue SW in Oelwein. Officers subsequently arrested Rigoberto Morales Jr, age 18, of Davenport on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor and Unauthorized Possession of an Offensive Weapon and Trafficking or Possession of Stolen Weapons, both Class “D” Felonies.
On January 14, 2014 at 1:17 p.m., Oelwein Officers were called to the 300 block of 8th Ave SE for a suspicious item. Officers arrested Jacob James Victor Miller, age 15, and Ryan Duane Latham, age 15, both of Oelwein, were referred to juvenile court services on a charges of Possession of Marijuana a Serious Misdemeanor.
On January 12, 2014 at 2:40 p.m., Oelwein Officers were called to the 100 block of 3rd St NW for a disturbance. Officers arrested Joseph John Becker, age 36, of Oelwein on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault, a Simple Misdemeanor.
The Oelwein Police Department was established in 1903
Currently the Oelwein Police Department employs:
7 Reserve (Volunteer) Police Officers
The Oelwein Police Department is located at 501 Rock Island Road, Oelwein, Iowa 50662.
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