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One Ring Scam

Have you ever heard your phone ring once only? It’s annoying, isn’t it? You will, of course, want to know who was calling you. It will bug you until you call the number back.

Well, it might not have been a regular missed call. It might be a scammer. It could cost you a lot of money if do call the mysterious number.

The one ring scam has been around for some time. But it is now back with a vengeance. Here’s everything you need to know about the one ring scam.

What is The One Ring Scam?

The one ring scam is a type of robocall scam. The scammers use auto-dial software to call thousands of numbers across the country. But they don’t want you to answer your phone, they want you to call back.

Your phone will only ring once. Then, the auto-dial software will hang up. If you call the number back, you will hear a message that says something like “an operator will be with you shortly”. While you are hanging on the line, you are building up a hefty phone charge.

The numbers are usually international numbers. They are premium lines that charge you to call them. You will pay for the international call. And, you will pay a premium that goes straight into the scammers pocket.

How to Spot a One Ring Scam

How do you know that the single ring is a scam? Check the number before you call it back.

These scam calls are usually made from international numbers. They may look like domestic numbers, because they have three-digit area codes. But if you look the number up on an online directory, you will find that it is an international number.

This type of scam call often originates in the Caribbean. Area codes that are often used are 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.

What to Do if You Are a Victim of a One Ring Scam

If you do get caught out by the one ring scam, you may see a very expensive phone call on your phone bill. The first thing to do is call your phone provider and ask them to refund the cost of the call.

If your phone provider refuses to refund the call, you should report the incident. Report it to the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.


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