Latest Phone Scam - One Ring Call-Back

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

The Federal Communications Commission has issued an alert to consumers about a new wave of "One Ring" robocalls after "widespread overnight calling" in the states of NY and Arizona.

The goal of this very new and illegal scam is to make you concerned about this late-night call, so much so that you call the # left behind.

Don't call back phone numbers that ring once and hang up, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has warned. The FCC said Friday that the 222 country code is being used. The calls are also known as "Wangiri" - the term means "one ring and done" in Japanese, so labelled after the scam originated there years ago. "You shouldn't pick it up, you shouldn't call them back, you should just leave it", he said.

Variations of this scam rely on phony voice-mail messages urging you to call a number with an unfamiliar area code to "collect a prize" or to notify you about a "sick" relative. They also suggest filing an FCC complaint if you do end up getting one of those calls. But minutes later the phone rings again. The scammer calls multiple times, trying to get a call back, which can result in hefty worldwide fees.

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At this point, the victim may be frustrated and uses the caller ID on their phone to return the call in order to see who is repeatedly calling and why.

According to the FCC, advances in technology have allowed massive amounts of calls to be made cheaply and easily - giving scammers more opportunities to mask their identity. These charges usually show up on your phone bill as "premium services".

If you never make global calls, consider asking your provider to block outgoing worldwide calls to prevent accidental toll calls. If that fails, file a complaint with the FCC.

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