“Apparently consumers are attempting to dial a particular number and are accidentally off by a digit or two,” says Logan Marshall, Founder of tollfreenumber.org. “They are then asked to push a specific key by an automated prompt.
Irvine, CA (PRWEB) April 10, 2013
Tollfreenumber.ORG, a California based company, has learned of a new scam that is posing a danger to Americans who have the misfortune of misdialing toll free numbers. While misdialing a number is something that many of us have done on occasion, fraudulent entities are now using that to their advantage and making money off of this common mistake.
“Apparently consumers are attempting to dial a particular number and are accidentally off by a digit or two,” says Logan Marshall, Founder of tollfreenumber.org. “They are then asked to push a specific key by an automated prompt. Once they do this, a charge may appear on their next phone bill, which is a result of the misdial. There are scam artists who are making a good profit off of this sort of thing.”
The fraudulent parties typically choose numbers that are very close to other popular or well used toll free numbers and only need to alter them by a digit to achieve their desired result. Though these scams have been going on for several years, it appears as though they are growing ever more popular. Americans are being advised to be extremely cautious when dialing numbers in general, and to listen very carefully to the prompts. “Even though the scam artists won't come out and say that pushing a particular button on your phone will lead to a charge, any legitimate number that you call should state their business name. Consumers should be weary of numbers that are not recognized names,” states Marshall.
Tollfreenumber.ORG provides low-cost toll-free numbers to thousands of private individuals nationwide, as well as to business clients. The company serves parents seeking to keep in touch with children away at college; adoptive parents seeking to provide birth mothers with easy access to them; and families seeking to stay connected with relatives living across the country. The company, based in Irvine, Calif., allows clients to obtain toll-free numbers that can be routed to their home phones or cellular phones without the need for additional hardware. Tollfreenumber.ORG offers numbers in the 800, 888, 877, 866 or 855 area codes, and clients also can choose customized, vanity phone numbers for ease of use. The company, which serves more than 100,000 clients, was founded in 1999. For more information, see the website http://www.tollfreenumber.org, or call 1-800-951-9411.