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Watch out for these scams!

20140225_ScamAlert_fbImagine this: you’re sitting in your living room, enjoying an afternoon of watching Judge Judy and drinking tea, when your cellphone rings.  You pick it up only to hear a short click.  Curious, you call the unrecognized long-distance number back and are put on hold for several minutes.  Not enjoying the instrumental version of “Endless Love,” you eventually hang up and move on with your day. (Is Dr. Phil going to watch itself?)

Later in the month, you are shocked when you receive your cellphone bill.  For the five minutes you were on the phone, you incurred a $65 charge!  Outrageous!

This scam—called the “one-ring” scam—has been reverberating through the nation and finally hit Illinois earlier this month.  It is just one of many frauds targeting Illinois consumers that CUB wants to warn you about.

We recently released a Scam Alert describing the top 3 scams wreaking havoc in Illinois, along with tips on how to protect yourself.  CUB is constantly on the lookout for scams and works tirelessly to alert consumers to potential threats.

Be sure to read and share the information with your loved ones!  And take our survey about these con games to be entered in a drawing for four light bulbs with money-saving potential of $200!