If our government had not become so corrupt, and the wireless carriers not been among the bigger corrupting influences, the solution to this would be very simple. We could simply bar common carriers from billing on behalf of third parties. There is no legitimate reason why this practice should not be outlawed.
But the wireless (and wired) carriers have legislators in their pockets and this is profitable for them (as if their profits are not sufficiently obscene already), so this is difficult to achieve unless a groundswell of popular opinion can be raised against the practice sufficient to result in the defeat of the legislators they've bought, or at least to instill the fear of such defeat.
If you want to sell something, then charge your customer and have that customer provide payment information directly. Don't permit the phone company to do it for you.
From the Federal Trade Commision (FTC):
Who's calling now? That number doesn't ring a bell. Hold the phone, says the Federal Trade Commission. You could be a potential victim of the growing "one-ring" cell phone scam.
Here's how it works: Scammers are using auto-dialers to call cell phone numbers across the country. Scammers let the phone ring once — just enough for a missed call message to pop up.
The scammers hope you'll call back, either because you believe a legitimate call was cut off, or you will be curious about who called. If you do, chances are you'll hear something like, "Hello. You've reached the operator, please hold." All the while, you're getting slammed with some hefty charges — a per-minute charge on top of an international rate.
The calls are from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they're from inside the U.S., but actually are associated with international phone numbers — often in the Caribbean. The area codes include: 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.
If you get a call like this, don't pick it up and don't call the number back. There's no danger in getting the call: the danger is in calling back and racking up a whopping bill.
Continued here: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/one-ring-cell-phone-scam-can-ding-your-wallet
From the BBB : Unknown? Leave it Alone