South Sudan Call Scam: How It Works
This week you may receive a call from a South Sudan area code number that starts with +211. Mobile phones worldwide have been ringing these days being called by automated software that targets people willing to call or text back. The scam is very similar to the one occurred not too long ago, when recipients received the same kind of calls, but from Tonga and occasionally Mauritania. How do they work? Those who call or text back to the numbers on their display fall victims to the Premium Line scam. What is that?
Watch the video below to see in action how this sneaky premium line works:
How Premium Rate Numbers Work Video
Criminals also use the same deceiving practice in other related scams such as the Credit Card Lower Rate, Customer Appreciation Call or the One-Ring Call, even going around these days. Here is how it works:
The phone rings once or until the victim picks up. At that moment, the call ends. What scammers are trying to accomplish is the victims to call or text back. When they do, little do they know that the line is a Premium (a hotline typically used for the sex conversations), leading to a very hefty charge on their phone bill.
The crooks are not necessarily from South Sudan but are using a pre-bought hotline that is registered there.
How to Avoid the South Sudan 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.
Meanwhile, beware of other four fraudulent activities that are happening especially this week: Air Purifier Sale Scam, Home Buying Scams, Census Jobs From Home, and the Netflix Free Trial Scam.
How to Report the South Sudan Call Scam
Make your family and friends aware of the South Sudan Call scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers and the phone numbers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
Report Scammers To The FTC Here
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