BRAZOS COUNTY, Texas (KBTX) – The Federal Communications Commission warns consumers against fraudulent attacks. Officials claim to target specific area codes in bursts.
The calls come mainly from the "222" and "232" area codes, which come from the West African nations of Mauritania and Sierra Leone.
In a press release, the FCC advises not calling back these numbers. Calls often incur a minute charge.
The FCC says the call is a "one ring" fraud. This happens when an answering machine calls a number and hangs up after one or two rings. You may call repeatedly in the hope that you will call back and ask for a toll, which is usually paid to the cheater.
The FCC issued the following tips:
• Do not recall numbers you do not know, especially those that appear overseas.
• File a complaint to the FCC if you have received these calls
• If you never make international calls, you should talk to your telephone company about blocking international outbound calls to prevent accidental toll calls.
Your Phone Bill for Fees You Do not Know
Filing a Complaint to the FCC
• If you're being charged for this fraud, first try to resolve the matter with your telephone company. If you can not resolve it directly, you can file a complaint with the FCC for free.