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Why you might not want to call back that number

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Don't push that callback button. That's the warning from the local Better Business Bureau as thieves are hoping your curiosity will kill your bank account.

When you work for every dollar like Alexandra Mileto, a scammer who scores cheap cash is maddening.

"I work two jobs actually to pay off student loans," she said. "I'd be outraged."

The Better Business Bureau in Clearwater said it starts with a phone that rings just once. When you see a missed call, you call back.

"The numbers look like a U.S. number, it's a 10-digit number," said Bryan Oglesvy, a spokesman for the Better Business Bureau in Clearwater.

Your carrier thinks you've authorized an international calling plan, and a $20 fee shows up on your bill.

The BBB has a new rule.

"When you receive a call from an unknown number, you don't want to answer it, and you don't want to call it back," Oglesvy said.

The BBB says there are five area codes to especially watch for: 268, 284, 473, 809 and 876.

Those are mostly from islands in the Caribbean, which is where many of the one-ring calls come from.

"It's very hard to get the money back," said Oglesvy.

The BBB says young adults, like Mileto, are most-likely to fall for these scams, because they're not in the habit of leaving voicemails.

Mileto says she and her money are already safe.

"If it's an area code I don't recognize, I won't call it back," said Mileto. "I just think it's a sad attempt to get more money."

The BBB is looking for local victims, so if you think you might be, call them and the police.

This all leads to a new rule, if you're calling someone new, leave them a message.

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