FCC warns of 'one ring' robocall scam targeting NY

FCC warns of 'one ring' robocall scam targeting NY

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.

Variations of this scam rely on phony voice-mail messages urging you to call a number with an unfamiliar area code to "collect a prize" or to notify you about a "sick" relative.

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

The FCC has issued a warning about so-called one-ring robocalls, a scam that doesn't require the receiver of the call to pick up the phone, but to call back. And never call back a number you don't recognize, especially those appearing to originate from overseas.

Known as the "one ring" scam, the scammer calls random numbers in the middle of the night, hanging up after one or two rings. Such scammers may often use spoofing techniques, as well, to further mask the number in your caller ID display.

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If you never make global calls, ask your phone company to block calls to numbers outside the U.S.

Don't try to call numbers that are repeatedly calling.

These recent "One Ring" calls attempt to bait consumers into calling the number back, which can result in you being billed toll charges as if you called a 900 number. But recently, the agency is noticing a lot of worldwide numbers.

The Federal Communications Commission has confirmed reports of widespread calls in NY and Arizona connected to the scam, with majority happening overnight. If targeted, they should monitor their bills for premium charges.

He suggests not only to not call back or file a complaint, but check with your carrier to see if any apps are available to help curb these calls.

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