Officials warn consumers: Don’t call back ‘One ring’ robocalls

Consumers are being warned of the

The commission said the calls were relying on the 222 country code of the West African nation of Mauritania, and were reported to be widespread in NY state and Arizona.

File a complaint with the FCC if you received these calls at www.fcc.gov/complaints. These calls often come during late night hours.

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. Whether the number is associated with Mauritania or some other country is beside the point-public officials are telling consumers not to answer calls from foreign numbers unless they're expected. Also known as "Wangiri", is Japanese for "one ring and drop". According to the FCC, the way the scam works is this: Your phone rings once, you think you have missed a call, so you call the number back.

But what happens when the call's goal is to bilk consumers? "These fraudsters get a kickback from the call".

The One Ring scam takes place when a robocaller calls a number and typically hangs up after one ring.

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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.

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.

Check your phone bill for charges you don't recognize.

The agency recommended not calling back unrecognized numbers, especially those that appear to be from overseas.

"They put 100 million calls out, and they know 1% converts into sales", Prugar said, referring to those behind the robocalls.

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