FCC Warns People About One Ring Robocall Scam Rapidly Spreading Across the U.S.

FCC Warns People About One Ring Robocall Scam Rapidly Spreading Across the U.S.

Now onwards, you might have to think twice before calling back an unknown number. Sometimes you get a call, from an unknown number with a “222” area code, in the mid-night. Be sure not to call back such numbers. The Federal Communications Commission(FCC) is warning of a new, strange ‘One Ring’ robocall scam. FCC’s notice reveals about one ring schemes that are increasing and performed by illegal robocalls. According to officials, people across the U.S. are receiving “Wangiri” or “One Ring” robocalls. A suggestive sign is that users’ phones ring once and the caller hangs up without dropping a voicemail. As a result, they trick the user to call them back.

Officials say the calls are attacking particular area codes. Many times the attackers call at midnight. The fed agency said these calls are probably to induce people to call the number back. Those calls often result in per minute toll charges. The FCC warned if that happens to you, and you do not know the number, do not call back. Attackers may use phone numbers revealing a U.S. identity. They may also use a phone replicator or spoofer to mask the number that appears on a user’s device. Besides, robocallers may repeatedly call back expecting a callback from the customer and collects a toll that is massively paid to the scammer.

According to the FCC, these spam robocalls are widespread in New York and Arizona. Those scam calls vary depending on phoney voice-mail messages. Some of them suggest users, call a number having an unknown area code for collecting a prize. Even sometimes they might inform customers about a sick relative. Hiya is the app company that notifies people in case of scam calls. The company also warned revealing the dangers of answering one-ring calls on Friday. Hiya claims to analyse more than 13 billion calls per month. The company stated that the scam has emerged in the U.S. around 2013. Now it has spread in other countries including the U.S., Ireland, Scotland and Germany. As per reports from Hiya, the scam soared 98% in Q1.

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