Published: Tue, May 07, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Beware the "one ring" phone scam

Beware the

- For illegal robocallers, the goal isn't always getting you to answer.

People throughout the US have been receiving "One Ring" or "Wangiri" robocalls in bursts, according to officials.

If you never make worldwide calls, ask your phone company to block calls to numbers outside the U.S.

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

If you do not make worldwide calls, ask your phone company to block outgoing global calls on your line.

The FCC said the recent spate of calls use the 222 country code, which belongs to the West African nation of Mauritania, and were reported to be widespread in New York State and Arizona.

The calls are likely trying to prompt consumers to dial the number back which may result in per minute toll charges, similar to a 900 number.

Widespread overnight robocalls in Arizona and NY led the agency Friday to issue an alert warning cellphone customers of a new scam.

Hiya, the app company that helps people identify whether they're receiving a spam call, also warned of the dangers of picking up the "Wangiri" calls in a news release on Friday.

- Don't call back numbers you do not know, especially if they look like they are from overseas. The scammer calls multiple times, trying to get a call back, which can result in hefty global fees. Advances in technology have made it easy for fraudsters to target specific area codes and place repeated calls during the night, the Federal Communications Commission said.

Similarly, the Lafourche (Louisiana) Parish Sheriff's Office tweeted Friday, "Many people in our area received global calls last night". If targeted, they should monitor their bills for premium charges.

Consumers who feel they were scammed can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

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