Community Alerts

Better Business Bureau Consumer Alert: Growing Concern Over New Cell Phone Scam
Chicago, IL – January 28, 2014
Better Business Bureau is warning cell phone users about a new scam that can result in unauthorized charges appearing on their monthly wireless statement.

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 changes 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."

Increase in Thefts From Motor Vehicles
the Worth Police Department has received an increased number of thefts from motor vehicle in our Village. Additionally we have also received reports of theft from garages, sometimes in the same area or even on the same residence.

The thefts have been occurring in the late evening to early morning hours. By and large most all the motor vehicles and garages were left unlocked. Where forced entry was made, usually something of value was left in plain view. Items taken during the thefts have included but are not limited to GPS units, MP3 players, wallets, purses, credit cards and miscellaneous cash and loose change.

Tips
The Worth Police Department requests that you:
  • Lock your cars, homes, sheds and garages.
  • Not leave valuable items like GPS units in vehicles, especially not in plain view.
  • Preferable park somewhere well lit and turn outside lights on.
Look at your property and see what can be improved for crime prevention. Trim large bushes, as they can be excellent hiding places. Install motion lights, alarms, and video surveillance if possible. Barking dogs are an excellent deterrent.

Residents are urged to report any suspicious persons, especially those who may be walking down residential streets / driveways in the overnight hours and looking into car windows and trying door handles.

Suspicious vehicles should also be reported. Watch for and report vehicles that seem to be circling the same area. Watch for vehicles that maybe picking up or dropping off passengers that do not live in the immediate area.

Report suspicious persons and autos to 911.

Smartphone Warning
Modern digital cameras encode the make and model of the camera in the photo file created by the camera. New smartphones similarly take the data from the GPS feature and encode the location of the photo inside the photo file. This can pose a significant security problem for you and your children. Potential thieves and predators now have the ability to find out the exact locations of your children's bedrooms, valuables, and anything else they want to track. Seriously consider turning GPS features on your camera-phone off.