Fri. May 24th, 2024

NATIONWIDE PHONE SCAM ALERT

STATEWIDE (KSMX)- The Federal Communication Commission is warning people of a nationwide phone scam from Sierra Leone.

Reports say It’s called the “One Ring” scam. The aim is to have you call the international number back, resulting in high phone charges. Everyone is advised to NOT call the number back. Instead, authorities recommend simply blocking these numbers. These calls are likely trying to prompt consumers to call the number back, often resulting in per minute toll charges similar to a 900 number. Consumers should not call these numbers back.

Recent reports indicate these calls are using the “222” country code of the West African nation of Mauritania.  News reports have indicated widespread overnight calling in New York State and Arizona.

Generally, the One Ring scam takes place when a robocaller calls a number and hangs up after a ring or two.  They may call repeatedly, hoping the consumer calls back and runs up a toll that is largely paid to the scammer.

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