Feds: Phone scam tricks people into costly call

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WASHINGTON (WHTM) – The Federal Trade Commission is warning of a telephone scam in which the caller hangs up without saying a word.

The “One Ring” scam takes place when a robocaller calls a number and hangs up after a ring or two. Sometimes, they’ll call many times and in the middle of the night.

They’re hoping people will call back because that will result in per minute toll charges, similar to a 900 number, that are largely paid to the scammer.

The FTC said there have been reported waves of “One Ring” scam robocalls targeting specific area codes in New York State and Arizona. Those calls used the 222 country code of the West African nation of Mauritania.

Consumer Tips

The FTC says people should not call back numbers they do not recognize, especially those appearing to originate overseas.

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

f you never make international calls, consider talking to your phone company about blocking outbound international calls to prevent accidental toll calls.

People who get one of these calls should file a complaint with the FCC at www.fcc.gov/complaints.

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