The Mysterious One Ring Call Phone Scam
Why Would Anyone Do This?
One Ring Call Phone Scam – Your phone rings once and the call stops.
If you answer all you hear is silence! You are tempted to call them back, but don’t do it!
The criminal (human or automation) on the other end hopes you call the number back to see who it was or what it was about. As soon as you do, you’ll hear a recorded message that is intended to keep you on the phone, or worse, to get you to call back a second time.
For example, the message may say: “Hello … hello? … I’m having trouble hearing you. Hello? … Will you please call back?”
What is the point? To get you to spend a huge amount in phone charges!
With this One Ring Call Phone Scam – every time you call, you will be charged international rates or other connection fees that can be anywhere from $10 to over $100 per call!
The criminals originating these calls make this money when you call back, even the phone companies make a percentage from it too as their fees!
A new example of how these criminals try to keep you on the phone is by telling you:
“You’ve received a song from someone who loves you. After listening to this song you will find out who sent this song as a gift.” The longer you stay on the call, the more you pay. And the more the phone scammers make.
These scams are also known as “Wangiri” that comes from Japan where the scam originated years ago and means one-ring-and-cut. (One ring and done.)
What You Should Do
The first rule of phone safety is DO NOT ANSWER calls from numbers you do not recognize.
This is good advice in general, because it can help protect you from other scams, such as tax scams, grandparent scams, and other spoofing scams.
If you receive a one-ring call from an unknown number, NEVER call that number back. No matter how curious you are, DO NOT RETURN THE CALL!
If you return to your phone and have a missed call from an unknown number, resist the urge to call it back.
Your curiosity will only end up getting you scammed!
You can no longer trust any called ID – everything can be faked. If someone you know really wants to reach you, they will text you or direct message you.
If you do return a missed call, watch for a + to appear ahead of the area code. The plus sign signals an international number and call being placed – which means international calling rates plus potential other charges beyond your control.
If you call and hear a strange message, one similar to the example above, hang up immediately. The longer you stay on the line, the more you are being charged for the call.
Also, your phone company will not help you. It is up to you to avoid scams, but we are here to help.
If you get one of these call you can report the phone number on www.Anyscam.com (look for the PHONE NUMBER REPORT)