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Ringtone Download

How the scam works:

You receive a text message inviting you to download a new ringtone (fashionable song or a tone tailored to new world events, such as a famous quote, sound, or a famous song).

Alternatively, you might be asked to call a 1-800 number to get the tone.

Either way, the download will require a credit card and not only will you pay for the ringtone, but you will start being silently charged a high fee every month, as membership. By giving them your credit card number you verbally accepted the enrollment.

How to avoid:

Unless you know who the provider of the ringtone is and how much it costs, never download the file because you might end up accumulating a $22 charge on your next phone bill. Always download ringtones from reputable companies.

How to report:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) using the link below:

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