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FCC warns public of ‘One Ring’ call back scam

May 5, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission is warning the public about a call back scam that usually happens in the middle of the night.

The “One Ring” scam calls target specific area codes in bursts, often calling multiple times in the middle of the night to try to get people to call the number back. If people do return the call, the call can result in per-minute toll charges similar to a 900 number. 

Widespread “One Ring” calls have been reported in New York State and Arizona.

Most of the scam calls use the “222” area code, which represents the West African nation of Mauritania, but the FCC warns users to not call back any numbers they don’t recognize.

Other tips provided by the FCC include:

According to a statement from the FCC, officials are working to combat scam calls with enforcement actions, a strong push for caller ID authentication and support for call blocking tools.