The FCC Warns to Avoid Calling Back Phone Numbers That Only Ring Once
People across the nation have been receiving mysterious “one ring” robocalls. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has warned against calling these numbers back. The calls have tended to be targeting specific area codes and have been known to call several times in the middle of the night.
These calls have prompted some individuals to call the number back, hoping to reach whoever called them. However, this results in per minute toll charges similar to a 900 number.
According to officials, this is how the scam unfolds: The robocaller will dial a number before hanging up after one or two rings. They could do this repeatedly, hoping that the individual calls the number back – which runs up a toll that is largely paid to the scammer.
According to Hiya, an app company that helps people identify whether they’re receiving a spam call, said that the scam increased 98 percent in Q1, which also found that a spike in calls has been linked to Sierra Leone, a county in West Africa.
Please take note of this information and let friends and family members know. At Hoffman Brown Company, we’re always on the lookout for ways to stay safe. Contact us if you have any concerns or questions.