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FCC warning Americans about ‘one ring’ scam robocalls that can result in tolls

Officials across the country are warning consumers about new robocalls that could result in toll charges.

The Federal Communications Commissioner is alerting consumers to waves of ‘One Ring’ or ‘Wangiri’ scam robocalls targeting specific area codes, often calling multiple times in the middle of the night.

Generally, the robocaller will call a number and hang up after a ring or two. They may call repeatedly.

These calls are likely trying to prompt consumers to call the number back, often resulting in per minute toll charges similar to a 900 number. However, officials say you should not call these numbers back.

Recent reports indicate the calls are coming from the West African nation of Mauritania with the ‘222’ country code.

“These types of scams are malicious and my office is urging Oklahomans to pay close attention to the calls they are receiving,” Attorney General Mike Hunter said. “In addition to these scams charging high international and connection fees, the longer someone is on the phone, the more the scam call costs. My office gladly accepts consumer complaints. However, there is very little recourse we can take because these calls are hard to trace. The best thing Oklahomans can do is to not answer unknown numbers and not call the number back. Scam calls like this are why my office continues urging Congress and federal consumer protection agencies to take appropriate action to better protect citizens, who are being inundated by these calls. Without federal intervention to address this issue, we will continue to lose this fight.”

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says the phone calls have been targeting Oklahomans with Tulsa area codes.

Consumer Tips:

  • Do not call back numbers you do not recognize, especially those appearing to originate overseas.
  • File a complaint with the FCC if you received these calls:
  • If you never make international calls, consider talking to your phone company about blocking outbound international calls to prevent accidental toll calls.
  • Check your phone bill for charges you don’t recognize.
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