The 'One Ring' phone scam you should know about

Remigio Civitarese
Мая 6, 2019

The agency said consumers shouldn't call these numbers back.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is warning consumers of a surge in robocalls targeting NY residents.

These recent "One Ring" calls attempt to bait consumers into calling the number back, which can result in you being billed toll charges as if you called a 900 number.

The "One Ring" robocalls are known as "Wangiri", which comes from Japan where the scam originated several years ago and means one-ring-and-cut. Spoofing, which makes it appear that a call is coming from the same area code and prefix as the person being called, is still a problem, too.

Robocallers typically call specific area codes repeatedly, often late at night.

If you call any such number, you risk being connected to a phone number outside the U.S. As a result, you may wind up being charged a fee for connecting, along with significant per-minute fees for as long as they can keep you on the phone.

Check your phone bill for charges you don't recognize.

FCC warned that the "222" country code of the West African nation of Mauritania is being used.

The FCC advises asking the phone company to block outbound worldwide calls to prevent accidental toll calls.

File a complaint with the FCC if you received these calls at www.fcc.gov/complaints. "Scammers hope you'll call back so they can pocket the cost of the expensive phone call".

Filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission: If you feel that you are a victim of an global phone scam, you can file a complaint with the FTC.

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