FCC warns of “One Ring” call-back scam

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The Federal Communications Commission is warning of a “One Ring” call-back scam.

The FCC says robocalls are targeting specific area codes in bursts, often calling multiple times in the middle of the night.  

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.  

People should not call these numbers back, the FCC says. 

Recent reports indicate these calls are using the “222” country code of the West African nation of Mauritania.

The FCC offered the following tips to prevent being scammed: 

— 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 at www.fcc.gov/complaints

— 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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