If you keep getting missed calls from unfamiliar overseas numbers, it is because someone is attempting to swindle you. It's known as the "One Ring Scam," and here's how it works. You receive missed calls from an unidentified overseas number. The calls are frequently coming from strange nations. If you answer one of these calls, you will be asked to pay a fee to "unblock your phone number." This can range from $10 to $150. Once you have paid this fee, more "free" calls will be able to be made from that number. These calls will usually come from various telemarketers selling everything from health products to financial services.
The calls may appear to be coming from countries such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, or England. However, none of these countries use the One Ring system to block calls. Instead, they use different methods such as country codes or prefixes before their actual phone numbers. For example, Canada uses a "+1" number calling area code when making calls from outside its own country. This means that anyone can call you within the +1 number calling area code, but only Canadian companies can make calls within the main land Canadian phone number itself.
According to the FCC, these calls are connected with overseas pay-per-call phone lines, and they frequently hang up after one or two rings "to lure customers to return the call." It's occurring because the internet has made it extremely inexpensive and simple to make thousands of phone calls in an instant. Many scammers use software that automatically dial numbers until it finds one that will ring, then plays a recorded message. When you call back, you're charged for your time.
The best way to protect yourself is by using caution when giving out personal information online. If someone asks for your telephone number or email address, you can be sure that they intend to sell or rent your data. Never give your financial information over the phone, through an email, or otherwise without first checking with the company that is requesting it. Scam artists often use false identities to entice people to trust them. If something doesn't feel right, don't provide information about yourself or your family member.
If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the police department or some other law enforcement agency, tell them immediately that you have not done anything wrong and that you want to speak with a real officer before providing any information. They may say that they can help you avoid arrest or have someone pick up your license if it has been suspended. This is a scam designed to obtain your contact information so that they can steal away your hard-earned money.
The fraudster will then give you one ring and then end the call. You'll believe you missed a crucial call (especially one from a faraway nation!). It must be significant! (A lot of people believe this.) As a result, you will dial the same number again and your call will be answered.
This method can be used by criminals to steal your money or commit other crimes. To avoid being scammed, here are some tips: If a caller cannot speak English, don't answer the phone. All international calls must be made from a landline or Skype number. Avoid giving out your personal information over the phone. Be careful about clicking on links in text messages or email. Some scams use fake websites to steal your identity. If you never give your password out over the phone, you can't be tricked.
A new international pay-per-call phone number missed call scam from the Maldives (+960) has been uncovered. These calls occur at inconvenient times and frequently disconnect after one or two rings, leaving the receiver with insufficient time to respond. The caller will often leave a voicemail message stating that they are from the government of the Maldives and that you have been selected to receive a reward for answering certain questions. There is no such thing as a government phone number in the Maldives; therefore, these calls should be considered fraudulent.
You should never give out any information when contacted by someone claiming to be from a government agency. If you feel like you have no other choice but to provide personal information, only answer questions directly related to your identity and nothing more. Also, make sure to keep your phone number confidential and change it if you have already provided it to someone else. Scammers use this information to steal your money.
These calls may originate from anywhere in the world but are most commonly made from countries where English is not the primary language. For this reason, the text above is written in English.
A scammer, in essence, employs a robocall and frequently just lets the phone on the other end ring once in an attempt to encourage you to call them back. However, the numbers employ a country code for territories such as Lithuania, Mauritania, and Morocco. Many current mobile phones will indicate that a call is originating from one of those nations. If you get a call from one of these countries, do not give any information about yourself or your financial situation to the caller.
Morocco has a small population and its economy is primarily based on agriculture. Therefore, many people there may be trying to reach out to anyone they think could help pay off debts or save up money.
The best thing to do if you receive a call from Morocco is to hang up immediately. Scammers only call you back if you are interested in hearing from them. Otherwise, they will keep calling others until they find someone willing to deal with them.
The calls are part of a scam known as "Premium CallBack." The general public receives a missed call from an unknown number beginning with the international code +231. Calls from Liberia arrive at unusual hours, such as late at night or in the middle of the day. The scammer expects you to call back out of habit or curiosity. When you do, you will be charged for a "premium" service that doesn't exist and you will be asked for your credit card information.
There have been several high-profile cases where people have given out their credit card information to these scammers. In some cases, victims have had their cards charge over $100 USD for a single call. If you receive a call from Liberia, you should hang up immediately and report it to your provider as a possible fraud.
Scammers utilize Voice-over-IP (VoIP) to conduct spam calls so that they are not limited to a single phone number. They can spoof different phone numbers, generally ones with your area code. Spoofing can make it appear as though the call is coming from a genuine person. VoIP is the reason why you appear to be receiving calls from a large number of random numbers. Scammers use this to their advantage by tricking you into thinking that many people need help.
If you receive a call from a number that you do not recognize, there is a good chance that it is a scam. Never give out any information about yourself or your personal finances over the phone unless you have been contacted through an established channel. Use only trusted sources for information regarding loans or financial opportunities.
You should also be careful about gifts that you receive via mail or wire transfer. Most companies will never ask you to send them money in return for some type of gift or discount. If someone asks you to send money for something then hang up immediately. This could be a scam designed to steal your identity or credit card information.
Finally, don't pay attention to those who harass you over the phone. They may say they are from a government agency or police department and try to get you to send money or provide personal information. These people usually end up being scammers that want to use your time waiting on the line without hearing what they claim to be able to help you with.