The "One Ring" robocalling scheme wants victims to call back

FCC: Don't call back 'One Ring' robocalls

If you take the bait and try calling the persistent caller back, you risk being connected to a phone number outside the U.S. If that happens, you'll be charged a hefty fee for connecting, along with significant per-minute fees for as long as they can keep you on the phone. In one robocall ploy that USA telecommunications regulators are warning about, scammers are letting people's phones ring just once before hanging up without leaving a message. "They may call repeatedly, hoping the consumer calls back and runs up a toll that is largely paid to the scammer".

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.

- Don't call back numbers you do not know, especially if they look like they are from overseas.

This is not the first time "One Ring" robocalls have surged in the U.S. Another wave hit three years ago; in that case, calls came from area codes connecting callers to the Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands and Jamaica.

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

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Here are some tips from the FCC when it comes to scam phone calls.

"News reports have indicated widespread overnight calling in New York State and Arizona", the FCC release says.

"International revenue share fraud is when fraudsters intentionally drive phone calls to premium rate phone numbers", said Tim Prugar, vice president of operations at Next Caller, a real-time verification technology company.

Check your phone bill for charges you don't recognize. But recently, the agency is noticing a lot of global numbers. If you are unable to resolve it directly, you can file a complaint with the FCC at no cost.

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