Beware of One-Ring Robocall Scam

FCC warns about calls from West African ’222′ country code

Do not call back numbers you do not recognize, especially those appearing to originate overseas. The Federal Communications Commission is warning people about a new phone scam, which they're calling the "one ring" or "Wangiri" scam.

In the scam, which is also known as a wangiri scam (Japanese for "one ring and cut"), the person on the receiving end is tricked into connecting to a phone number outside the US, or occasionally via a phone spoofer that makes it look like a USA number, but really is from some distant land. Their game? Realizing they have missed a call, some recipients dial back and are connected to a 900 number that charges per-minute fees.

The scammers are often using the "222" country code from the West African nation of Mauritania.

One-ring calls may appear to be from phone numbers somewhere in the United States, including three initial digits that resemble US area codes. The FCC is working to combat scam calls with enforcement actions, a strong push for caller ID authentication, and support for call blocking tools.

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It's the sound some of us have recently heard in the middle of the night.the phone ringing. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich tweeted this week about the robocalls, saying, "DO NOT call back". They may call back several times.

"Advances in technology allow massive amounts of calls to be made cheaply and easily", the FCC said in the news release. If targeted, they should monitor their bills for premium charges.

Consumers shouldn't return calls they don't recognize, according to the agency.

If you never make global calls, consider talking to your phone company about blocking outbound worldwide calls to prevent accidental toll calls.

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