How the scamw works:
You are in an airport or a train station, in a country that's not your own. You need to make a phone call back home, but you don't have the proper coins. Finally, you find a public phone that takes credit cards. The phone, just like many others, has a sticker on it, informing you: “For international calls, dial "1-800-xxxx".
Following the directions you make your call. keeping it brief, thinking it'll save you from some of the outlandish charges. But a month later when you finally get your bill, you notice that two-minute call cost you $90!
Scammers will often post official-looking stickers on the phones, advertising their own hot-lines numbers, which they set-up in order to rip off victims. Several train stations in Rome, Milano, Barcelona, or Monte Carlo are very well-known for this scam.
How to avoid:
Do not make phone calls using your credit card, especially in tourist cities. Not even if the rates are posted. Buy a coffee or a pack of gum to get the change you need. Do your homework before the trip. Get phone call plans and use reputable services.
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