How The Tonga Call Scam Works:
Have you been receiving calls from a Tonga area code? The numbers start with (676) 848—-. Thousands of phones have been ringing these days everywhere, being called by automated software that targets people willing to call or text back (learn how to stop scam calls here). Those who reply in any way, fall victim this way to the Premium Line scam. What is the Premium Line trap?
Watch the video below to see in action how this sneaky premium line works:
How Premium Rate Numbers Work Video
It is very similar to the Mauritania Phone Calls, Credit Car Lower Rate, Customer Appreciation Trap, or One-Ring Call scams also going around these days.
The phone rings once, or until the victim picks up. At that moment, the call ends. What scammers want are the victims to call back or text, which leads to a very hefty charge on their phone bill.
Criminals even called the Scam Detector phone, twice in two days (see image above), using numbers such as (676) 848-9389 or (676) 848-9334. They even rang USA Today reporter John Borja, from the number (676) 848-9003.
How To Avoid The Tonga Call Scam:
It’s easy. Don’t answer or call back numbers you don’t know. If someone is trying to reach you, they will leave a message. As a measure of precaution, feel free to keep updated with the newest reports by checking the Better Business Bureau‘s website regularly.
Make sure you learn how to report phone scams (see below), how to block Scam Likely calls, and how to report a scam number.
At the same time, be careful of another scam that happens this week, the Google Ban Scam.
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How to Report the Tonga Call scam:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
Report Scammers To The FTC Here
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19 thoughts on “Calls From Tonga – Do Not Ring or Text Back”
I received three call from the above Tonga numbers today
I recived 2 calls from this number 676-551-2699. Just ring once, no body answer I didn’t call back.
For the past 3 days I have been receiving beeps from this number +6768484357 .so I then decided to block the number now am being called by A +227 ,what’s wrong with these people honestly ,sometimes they call mid night.
I am in Botswana.
Yes have just received a call from this number +6768489021 rang once and that was it
My husband and I both received a call, one day apart. Number was ?+676 8488033?. This is in Belgium.
Correct, i got a cal from unknown number today, just 2 rings and disconnected, did not answer as the code and the number is not familiar – then googled the country code – it is from Tonga. Number call came from ?+676 8755317? and I blocked the number ????
Yes,i received a call in this number +76 848 6645 @3:45 here in UAE.
I just received the call now @ 5:30PM/ Saturday/ June 22,2019 here in Dubai, UAE. I was about to answer when they cut the call. I was thinking maybe one of a friend or relatives is trying to reach me. But because of my curiosity, I searched the code in the google and the country is not familiar to me and so then I found out that the answer is here. ???? so bad!!
I just received calls from:006768485834 and 006768485443 and 006768991438 and others but not tonga, its iptel
The information is provided here is damn true, these numbers do call me almost on daily basis. The one that just called me is +6766869529
The information provided is true. I love it.
I also received a call with +676
Since I don’t recognize the code, I didn’t pick it up.
+6768435519 That was the number.
I’m from Indonesia too.
I am from Saudi Arabia and i received call…y
I got twice misscall too from tel:+6768992438. I’m from Indonesia too
i got twice misscall too from tel:+6768992438. same here from indonesia…
i just received calls from Tonga +6768992438 and +88213555568 and i’m from Indonesia
I also received calls from Tonga. tel:+6768992438
I’m from Indonesia
And they ring me at night:)
the number is called me +676 8489077
This is real, there is also one from Congo, they charged £32 but EE Customer Services were very helpful. These are some of the nuisance numbers from Tonga :
?+676 8992420?, Tonga ????????
?+676 8992421?, Tonga ????????
?+676 8992427?, Tonga ????????
?+676 8992430?, Tonga ????????
?+676 8992444?, Tonga ????????
?+676 8992462?, Tonga ????????
?+676 8992464?, Tonga ????????
?+676 8992471?, Tonga ????????