Be Aware: One Ring Scam That Might Deduct A Big Amount Of Prepaid Balance From Your Mobile Phone
March 15th, 2017
The Hyderabad City Police has recently released a notification through which they are warning people about the new mobile phone scam that is doing the rounds. It is known as the One Ring Scam.
What happens in One Ring Scam?
A lot of people has complained that they are getting calls from unknown international numbers.
You may find that your phone is ringing once and then the call is getting disconnected. Sometimes, the call may also ring for the full duration.
The scammer usually hires an international premium rate number (IPRN) from a local phone company, and then the person will give you one ring and then disconnect the call. You might think that you missed an important call l call back on the same number.
However, this time, you will find that your call has been received, but nobody will talk to you from the other side. You will hope somebody would reply, but no one will actually talk to you.
When you will finally give up and cut the call, you’ll find that a good amount of balance on your prepaid mobile sim has been deducted for making an international call.
It is our request to everyone to not fall for this scam. People should refrain from giving a call back to the missed calls coming from unknown international numbers. If you get missed calls from phone numbers beginning with country codes of Burundi (+257), Malawi (+265), Pakistan (+92), Russia (+7), Nigeria (+234), Tunisia (+216), Belarus (+375) etc.; do not give a call back if the number is unknown to you.
The scam is said to have originated in Japan and it is called Wangiri. The word ‘Wangiri’ in Japanese means one ring and cut. And this is exactly what the scammers are doing.
The Logical Indian urges our community members to use mobile apps such as TrueCaller to identify unknown numbers. Do not give callbacks to unknown numbers unless TrueCaller gives you information.