One-Ring Call Scam

How the scam works:

(with video below) This has been reported to happen very often lately as criminals use auto-dialers to target phone numbers across the world. You might be receiving a one-ring call from a number you don’t recognize. The scammers let the phone ring once and then hang up, so a missed call notification shows up on your phone’s display. How does the scam work?

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Watch the video below to see the One-Ring Call scam exposed, or read on:

One-Ring Call Scam Video

If you return the call, you hear the following message: “You’ve reached the operator, please hold”. If you do that, are are being hit by an expensive per-minute charge, as well as an international rate.

These calls come from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they are from within your area, but are actually associated with international phone numbers. Criminals are using a technology called Caller ID spoofing which makes your display show whatever number or name they want. How does the tricky Caller ID spoofing work?

Watch the video below to see a full explanation:

Caller ID Spoofing Explained Video


How to avoid the One Ring Call scam:

Do no call back numbers you don’t recognize. Whoever needs to talk to you will try the second time if you didn’t pick up their first attempt. Or they’ll leave a message, if it’s urgent. Report the number to your cell phone carrier.


How to report the One-Ring 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 (FTC) using the link below:

Report To The FTC Here


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4 thoughts on “One-Ring Call Scam”

  1. Numbers not to call back in this scam are 268 Antigua, 284 British Virgin Islands, 473 Granada, 664 Montserrat, 649 Turks Caicos Islands, 767 Dominica, 809 Dominican Republic, 829 also Dominican Republic,849 Burmuda, 876 Jaimaca, 876 also Jaimaca. When you do call back, it’s like teating that call like an 900 number, and you get charged $20 per minute.

  2. When in the UK if you get a missed call from a number beginning with 0843, 0870, 0845, 0871 or 0844 don’t call back some of these numbers charge you. There is a scam at the moment that a caller gives you a missed call and you call back they claim to be your network provider (cell carrier) and can’t find your details, all the while charging you a premium rate

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