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Single Ring Is the New Robocall ScamCOLlive

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Melba Vasquez | 08 May, 2019, 08:28

Known as the "One Ring" phone scam, victims who call the number back may be charged significant fees, the FCC warns.

Based on areas codes, Hiya said the top locations being scammed with "one ring" calls are Tulsa, Oklahoma; southeastern Louisiana; northeast Texas; Westchester County, New York; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Memphis, Tennessee.

The agency also suggested asking your phone company to block worldwide numbers if you never make global calls.

It is called the "One Ring" or "Wangiri" scam, which targets specific area codes in bursts.

But recently, the agency is noticing a lot of global numbers - especially the "222" country code for the West African nation of Mauritania.

The FCC says that the one-ring robocall usually consists of hanging up after a ring or two and calling repeatedly until the person calls back and incurs charges. Sometimes, it's getting you to call back. Those who call back end up racking up charges that are mostly paid out to the scammers. Now that consumers are starting to get wise to the barrage of robocalls and the myriad spam calls that flood their phones on the daily, robocallers have increasingly found themselves less able to trick unsuspecting consumers into actually answering their phones and engaging with them.

Do not call back numbers you do not recognize, especially those appearing to originate overseas.

Don't answer or return any calls from numbers you don't recognize.

The Federal Communications Commission issued a warning to consumers on Friday about scam calls coming from country codes 222 and 232.

Filing a complaint with the FCC: If you are billed for a call you made as a result of this scam, first try to resolve the matter with your telephone company. Consumers also have the option of asking their phone company to block outgoing worldwide calls.

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

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