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Flood of 'one ring' scam robocalls prompts FCC warning



WASHINGTON – The Federal Communications Commission issued a warning in a "one ring" scam robocalls with a West African area code.

Also known as "Wangiri," Japanese for "one ring and drop," the scam generates robocalls targeting specific area codes, often calling multiple times in the middle of the night. Generally, the robocaller wants to call a number and hang up after a ring or two. They may call repeatedly.

These calls are likely to be repeated. However, officials say they should not call these numbers back.

While the FCC warned about calls from area code 222, Mauritania, it also appears to have used other area codes.

According to data from Hiya, an international company

These were the top area codes targeted by calls from Sierra Leone:

  1. Tulsa, Oklahoma (91
    8)

    1. Southeastern Louisiana (985)
    2. Northeast Texas (903)
    3. Westchester County, New York (914)
    4. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (954)
    5. Memphis, Tennessee (194)
    6. Texas 981)
    7. Baton Rouge, Lousianna (225)
    8. Worcester, Massachusetts (508)
    9. Roanoke, Va. (540)

    Consumer Tips:

    • Do not call back numbers those appearing to originate overseas.
    • File a complaint with the FCC s: www.fcc.gov/complaints
    • If you ever 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 do not recognize .


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