WASHINGTON, D.C., – The Federal Communications Commission has issued an alert after reports of waves of “One Ring” or “Wangiri” scam robocalls that target specific area codes in bursts, often calling multiple times in the middle of the night. These calls are likely trying to prompt you to call the number back, which often resuls in per minute toll charges similar to a 900 number, according to the FCC. Consumers should not call these numbers back, officials said.
The recent reports show that these calls are using the “222” country code of the West African nation of Mauritania.
Generally, the way the scam works is that a robocaller calls a number and hangs up after a ring or two. They may call repeatedly, hoping the person calls back and runs up a bill that is largely paid to the scammer, according to the FCC alert.
Here’s what the FCC suggests you should do:
– Do not call back numbers you do not recognize, especially those appearing to come from overseas.
– File a complaint with the FCC if you received these calls.
– If you make international calls, consider talking to your phone company about blocking outbound international calls to prevent accidental toll calls.
– Check your phone bill for charges you don’t recognize.
The FCC also has a One Ring scam consumer guide available online.