WASHINGTON (WDAM) - The Federal Communications Commission is warning consumers of an ongoing robocall scam that could fool people into paying per-minute toll charges.
FCC officials said they have received reports of “One Ring” or “Wingiri” scam robocalls targeting specific area codes in waves.
The scam involves multiple calls to potential victims in the middle of the night. The robocall will usually hang up after a ring or two. The goal of the scam is the get people to call the number back. Those return calls could result in unexpected toll charges for the victim.
The FCC says recent reports show the scam calls are coming from numbers beginning with “222,” which is the country code for the West African nation of Mauritania.
Here are some consumer tips from the FCC to protect yourself from phone scams:
- Do not call back numbers you do not recognize, especially those appearing to originate overseas.
- File a complaint with the FCC if you received these calls: www.fcc.gov/complaints
- If you never 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.