“One-ring” cell phone scam can ding your wallet

Who’s calling now? That number doesn’t ring a bell. Hold the phone, says the Federal Trade Commission. You could be a potential victim of the growing "one-ring” cell phone scam.

Here’s how it works: Scammers are using auto-dialers to call cell phone numbers across the country. Scammers let the phone ring once — just enough for a missed call message to pop up.

The scammers hope you’ll call back, either because you believe a legitimate call was cut off, or you will be curious about who called. If you do, chances are you’ll hear something like, “Hello. You’ve reached the operator, please hold.” All the while, you’re getting slammed with some hefty charges — a per-minute charge on top of an international rate. The calls are from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they’re from inside the U.S., but actually are associated with international phone numbers — often in the Caribbean. The area codes include: 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.

If you get a call like this, don’t pick it up and don’t call the number back. There’s no danger in getting the call: the danger is in calling back and racking up a whopping bill.

If you're tempted to call back, do yourself a favor and check the number through online directories first. They can tell you where the phone number is registered.

If you’ve been a victim of the “one-ring” scam, try to resolve the charges with your cell phone carrier. If that doesn’t work, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.

And as a general rule: Read your phone bill often — line by line. If you don’t recognize or understand a charge, contact your carrier.

I’ve got to go now; my cell phone is ringing.

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I don't know this number they hang up 210-775-5385 they call once or twice everyday can you please stop the calls reported to att they gave me this information. Thank you

786-204-4358 just called and hung up... seems they are on the robo again.

I've been getting calls from that number (I'm in Florida) for over a year now. It's in Spanish. I added them to my automatic reject list. If you have an android, you should be able to do the same.

Just wanted to say this 78 whatever number.
it called me. and then an hour later called my girl friend. What does that mean? That they scam call a couple both within an hour..?

they did the same here - called me first and then an hour later, my mom got the phone call. I told her not to pick up. I didn't either and no need to call back. If it's important, people leave messages.

what do these ppl want? we've been getting these calls for months, i dont see what they are out for. they have ruined the continuity of my office and are calling morning non and nightr on two office cells and my 800nnumber!

Get Android phones and put them on reject list!

Yes, I received a call from this number yesterday as well. No known contact.

No robo,

I just got called by this exact same number. Th hank you for posting. Found this on Google very fast. Hate that we all have to deal with this.

I got that call a few minutes ago at 10:35 pm it's crazy I have kids and it got me mad.

786 204 4358 just called me and my second phone line in less than 10 minutes! Don't answer!

786-204-4358 called me, too… anyone at FTC investigating this number?

i be getting those call from the same number all the time. i never answer. i get it every week

I hate this caller! Idk who it is but it is freaky how many people gt called from this #

Just got a call from this number too and it's midnight! Thought it could be emergency but decided not to answer and Google number. Luckily there's tons of posts on it. I'm going to have to put them on my reject list and pass info on to everyone I know.

I had the same number just call and hang up

The same number 786-204-4358 just called me as well. I looked and the area code is from the Miami area. I don't know anyone from Florida so I decided to look it up before calling back. I'm glad I did.

Just received a call from 786-204-4358. Answered by mistake. Usually do not answer unknown numbers, but I am expecting one from overseas within the next two days.. it was a recorded message in spanish. I just hung up without waiting to hear what the message was about. 786-204-4358

Got a call at 8:59pm last night from 786 204 4358.
Why is this number not disconnected yet? Its a Florida number!

That's scary because i got a call from that same number at 8:69 pm as well........ I wasnt in the room thank god. What does it mean? Is there a way to stop it?

I think I got a call from this same number too. I know it was a 210 area code.

Mine was a 5055655079 six times. 8453563537 three

210 is San Antonio Texas

I've been getting calls from numbers that look exactly like mine only the last four are different & when I call back its a Spanish person.

these are not Florida numbers as they appear but both (786)204-4358 and (407)205-0232 are two numbers that ring once and then the call is cut off. That's fine, I have my phone set up to send certain calls into voice mail (they will be charged for the call if they call again).

the 210-775-5385 number is a loan scam according to the search I did. You should be able to block the number if they keep calling.

I have gotten several calls from these numbers.
I now block the numbers from my cell phone

I got this call from 786-204-4358 last night at 11:35 pm. I did not recognize it and almost called back to let someone have it for waking me up but I just went back to bed. glad I checked on it. thanks

is there anything they cannot scam?

Thanks for such valuable information... If you register your number with the do not call list and you pay for an unlisted number, who is allowed to call you other than your family and friends? How are they getting your name and number? Especially, these people who call and say something is wrong with my PC. They claim to be from Microsoft I believe. I tell them I don't have a system and I'm gonna give this number to the attorney generals office. They stop for a while, then start again with a new number.
Again, thanks for all you do.

The whole month of Feb. I have been receiving calls every hour from #1-215-220-2321 (It comes up SCHOOL DISTRICT on my caller id. It is always a man with foreign accent about winning a Wal-Mart gift card. The other #1-845-666-1697 (also a man with same accent) tells me they are from Microsoft and there is a problem with my PC? They always hang up on me when I tell them to stop calling! It is driving me nuts! How do we report these numbers? and will it do any good?

You can always make a police report out. I report them to DoNotCall.gov but it doesn't really seem to help. I also make a report on them online to sites like "who called me" or others. And the best thing, just add them to your blocked callers list.

Police report LOL. Perhaps in your area they work however crap like this has occurred for well over ten years n just gets craftier so cop reports must still b round filed with sept 11 cop reports. When was your first call from 1-000-000-0000?

don`t bother making a report, they usually don`t even do anything unless you`ve actually been hauled up by this scam. I say don`t waste the time and give yourself a migraine over this, just be careful, block numbers that are used in the scam, and lookup any unknown number before you call it back.

They just use an autodialer and it calls every single number combination one-after-the-next in order. They don't know who they are calling.

201-279-5864 has called me two times in the last four days. Each time, it rang only once.

It is avery good feedback and advice for cell-customers.

The best thing to do is to try to look at the number that is calling, if you don't know the number just don't answer. When I receive calls from people with a foreign accent, I just hang up.

Mitch, if you have an Android or iPhone, you can add the number to your blocked callers list. If not, contact your carrier and ask them to put a block on that number. I don't believe there's a charge for that service. Not if they want your business, anyways.

I've got his call and the number is 08-1363118429 this number call me many times but i never answer or call back. Thank you for informing us about this kind of scam.

got a call from someone that said their name was Adrian Robbins with the federal trade commission @ 866-996-5997 and that my wife had won $75,000 and a Toyota Corolla. They gave her a conformation number as well. They wanted a $30 processing fee.

The Federal Trade Commission does not give out prizes. Any call or email saying you have won a prize from the Federal Trade Commission is a scam. Delete the email or hang up the phone immediately. 

They have rung my phone at least 10x today I did accidentally call 2 back before I got this alert.

What kind of govt allows this to continue? Why not force the telephone providers to publish such numbers and allow consumers to put a block on those?

I am all for the right for the consumer to put a block on unwanted call-numbers AND no fee to the consumer who receives calls or text messages, which are often unwanted! Verizon gives the consumer space for ONLY 10 numbers to block - rarely enough.

The best way I've found with any cell phone number to block those calls is to create a contact in your contact list called "SPAM" and make sure that you set that account's ringtone to "NO RING", then add whatever number that calls that you don't know to that contact and you won't ever have to worry about the phone ringing again when you get called 10x a day... let go to your voice mail because 9 times out of 10 they will never leave a message anyway, but at least you don't have to worry about them bugging you incessantly again!

It's done by a auto dialing system and they use different numbers to dial from as well

Why doesn't the phone company BLOCK those numbers?

If the government started blocking any numbers people would start complaining about the government choosing which numbers to block.
Then there would be another blog about how the Gov is overstepping it's boundaries, etc..

The phone companies generate revenue from people making and receiving phone calls. Phone scammers generate a lot of revenue for phone companies. They are not going to cut off revenue. Innocent consumers are not going to cut their phone service.

we get a call several times per week sometimes more the caller ID says Virginia call. The 703-829-0487. Can this be stopped

This needs to be stopped by some authority.

Today I recieved a call from the following number 415-546-9827 when I tried to call back, since it was a local number, I was told the number was no longer in service. I checked the number on line to learn that it was a "SCAM" for a duct cleaning services. Several reports stated they were getting 2 -3 calls a day as follow-up marketing a service.

I've gotten many calls from 876 area code, prizes, lotteries, once it was Benjamin Franklin! "Please call us back at 876-blah-blah"....so I told them I had to discuss with my hubby who is RCMP. I actually gave the number to an RCMP officer who called and got a machine...I know better than to call back. I think someone sold my cell number when I entered a contest but didn't want to use my home number.... They don't call much now as I stopped answering. I wish the phone companies would allow area codes to be blocked!

I have a prepaid samsung galaxy smartphone "straight talk" I only use prepaid unlimited cards, so if the scammer does try this with me, i could call them back, but they cant stick me with a bill. This might be a solution for this problem (yes u can get iphones from straighttalk now) Try that phone service and i dont think any phone scammers can touch you unless u give them the information

If you use a prepaid service ie.. straight talk metro pcs even verizon or at&t as long as it is the prepaid service then these numbers usually will not let you call them back. i keep getting calls from 786-204-4358 rings twice i pick up and they hang up try to call back and get "your call can not be completed" or "number is not in service at this time". called metro and was told the scam numbers that bill you automaticlly can not be called because of my prepaid plan. hope this info helps.

Come On FTC!!! Get off your butts and do your jobs!
Everyone knows (from the NSA whistleblowers) that you, Verizon, and all the phone services can track every call (the phone companies do it for billing!)
You can AND SHOULD be cutting off service to spammers and robo-callers (except legitimate info center like school closings alerts. CLEARLY, you aren't doing this because you and Verizon are getting huge kickbacks to let the scammers and robo callers continue their nefarious operations. SHAME ON THE FTC AND YOUR TOTAL DISREGARD FOR OUR CONSTITUTION AND THE 4th AMENDMENT!!!! SHAME ON YOU!!!

Good for LarryBoston! When I was called by telemarketers despite being on the do-not-call list, I tried to find the calling number and was told by AT&T they couldn't identify the callers because they were using "another provider." That's baloney! Just ask the NSA... or Edward Snowden.

Here are two other increasingly annoying problems: (1) the 877-area code. Comments I've seen suggest this and certain other "new" area codes have been issued allowing callers to charge the CALLED party. If true, this should be stopped immediately.

(2) Pre-dawn and late-night calls (possibly from overseas) that identify the caller a "1 Unavailable" or by similar un-helpful words and numbers -- then don't speak. The FTC should be armed with the legal authority to block all such calls, wherever on Earth they may originate.

If LarryBoston is right that corporate coziness with the FTC is part of the problem, it needs to end now.

Here's an addition suggestion: Hire U.S.-based employees to accept consumer complaints LIVE and over the telephone. Sorry to say, the average telephone customer can't do much more with a computer than play solitaire and forward bad jokes via email. He/she doesn't even know the FTC exists, much less how to contact the agency over the internet.

received call from 216-278-0121 says it is Ohio area, Man wanted to know if I had any outstanding payday loans,,,when I ask who was calling he said never mind and hung up. When I tried to call the number back I received and automated message that the number was not in service please call back later followed by a series of numbers and a letters like 123T. not sure what this is about but sure wish someone would look into it and stop this guy.

The information is helpful, however, the key solution is to stop this kind of bill-back mechanism from being a possibility. Have FTC, other gov official branches and Telcos really look into why this simple accidental call-back action would allow scammers to bill you through a legitimate Telco company any dollar at the first place? Should Telco be considered an accessory to this type of crime? Ridiculously silly!

Crazy Generous

Got a call from 786-204-4358. Didn't answer but saw this missed call on my phone and called back. Got a recording saying the number you called an not be completed as dialed. Please investigate this caller.

I'VE BEEN GETTING CALLS FROM A 722-589-6366..I LOOKED UP THE AREA CODE & THERE WASN'T ANY LISTING FOR A 722 #.. HOW ARE THEY DOING THIS?

Unfortunately, scammers can fake the ID information that you see on your phone. That's called caller ID spoofing — and new technology makes it very easy to do. Watch this video to learn more about caller ID spoofing.

Come on people. Quit crying to Authorities to solve your issues. Protect yourself. Use the information in this article to stop them from scamming you. Don't rely on the government or a get mad at a government agency for not insulating you form the bad people in the world. You cannot cry about living in a Nanny State and then cry when the Nanny doesn't protect you. The Nanny is giving you the information you need. Don't call back missed calls unless you recognize the number. its that simple. If you miss a call and its important they will either call back or leave you a message.

Well said! Was thinking the same thing myself. Simple solution, don't EVER call back ever and of you can block the number!

This solution is fine for the average person, but not for the small business. If we are on the phone and we receive a call on our business, line it would normally be in our best interest to call the number right back. Now we have to wonder if the number is a scam number or spend the time to try and cross reference the number in our database. Takes up valuable time.

Another way to avoid this scam is to not call numbers you don't recognize. If my phone rings and I don't answer it in time, I just let it go. If it's important, they'll leave a message, if not, that's fine.

We can all protect ourselves by using common sense and the clear warnings posted here.
A public service announcement would be helpful in informing the public as a whole. I doubt there are many people taking a proactive approach to staying informed.
The FTC and phone carriers can certainly shut down scammers and provide future protection from would be scammers.
We should expect some help/protection for a growing industry wide problem and our use of technology. problem

a few years ago I received a phone call from an unknown number, the person on the phone was polite when he informed me I had won a 5day 4 nights all expense paid vacation all I had to do was pay for the airfare (isn't that normally included in and all expense paid trip?). after involving the person in a 10 minute conversation about the weather and other things I told the person that it sounded like a wonderful but unfortunately my religion didn't allow me to go on vacations (twas a fib), there was silence for a moments and then a confused good bye...lol.

786-204-4358 just called and hung up... seems they are on the robo again.

Here's more information on robocalls and tips on what to do if you get them.

phone number 786-607-9053 calls my home phone; I let it ring. A legitimte call goes to answering device; this phone NEVER leaves a message. It is a scam for sure

Can any one help I keep getting a call and the only number that shows up is 104

I received 4 calls today on my cell phone. They all had different area codes but the same prefix. (859)555-0169; (206)555-0109; (913)555-0173; (508)555-0137. Can someone tell me anything about these numbers?

Im getting same numbers but with a 813 area code... can someone tell us something?

I don't know if it has changed, but there used to be NO phone numbers with "555" in the middle. TV and radio programs, when they needed to use a phone number for the story, always made one up with 555. So, clearly, any time you get ***-555-**** (whatever the stars are) on your caller ID, it is a spoofed number, and doesn't exist.

Verizon offered to "Greatly reduce, or even eliminate", the deluge of robo calls I recieve. This will cost me a couple hundred a year, after the initial $200 to cancel my current service, then start up with a new phone number.
Then I must order unlisted number, $5/mo., Caller ID, $4/mo, Do not accept Private Number, $5/ mo., and something else (monthly) that I have forgotten.
Or, for $368 they will switch me on to services that total $168. a year additional charges forever after (there will be hikes I'm sure). Verizon suggests that I MIGHT not get as many calls!
How Lovely. My guess, Verizon is heavily invested in the ROBO CALL business.

A waste of time. I wrote carefully, & clearly, clicked Post (below) and NOTHING.
The phone Co will provide services (change phone # to unlisted, add caller ID , block Private #'s from ringing, for a mere $368, then $168 annually thereafter.

When I'm not expecting a call I put my phone into airplane mode. I also use youmail (alternate voicemail service) with my phone's built in "direct to VM" feature. If someone calls that isn't in my contact book they go direct to VM, hear 1 second of dead air then the beep to leave a message. This can confuse some spammers to leaving a message they didn't want to leave.

I've been getting these calls morning, noon and night, 7 days a week since I used my phone on a wireless network at a local coffee shop. It's been going on for three months now and will not stop. These phone calls are not only annoying but my cell phone provider keeps telling me the only solution is to change my number. I can't because it's a business phone and I do get calls from folks I don't know. My mail box is filling up with these silent voicemail messages. Blocking is useless because they use a different number every time. Takes all the joy out of having a cell phone...

I'm not getting the number of calls you are (knock on wood), but the ones I get are incredibly annoying. I've always avoided answering calls for which the number/area code isn’t familiar, and I've been particularly vigilant for the last couple years, as scammers have amped up their cell phone-related crime. However, corporations need to make some adjustments to their business practices in this new reality. I ordered clothing for my mom from Roamans.com, and 3 weeks later, she still hadn't received it. The company was sitting on the order because they were concerned about the disparity between the mailing and billing addresses. Apparently, they had phoned me, but a reverse search of the number was from an unidentifiable residential landline in Texas. No way was I going to activate that voicemail. If Roaman's is going to alert people via telephone and snail mail (they claimed to have also sent a postcard), instead of the more logical solution of email, they should ensure that the phone number can be readily identified as theirs, not an unidentifiable residence in Pig's Snout, Texas.

I've just received a call from what sounded like a little boy asking who I was from the #786-359-6237.

I hung up, but they called back three times.

I don't understand how they make money from this. It seems to me that the phone companies would be the only ones who would benefit. How can anyone other than a phone company bill you for phone calls?

It's similar to those late night TV ads for phone sex services, the ones that cost $5.99 for the first three minutes, and $1.99 for every minute after. At first, callers had to give credit card info. But when phone companies began to realize they were missing out on a lucrative revenue stream, they marketed special toll call numbers to the phone sex services: in return for a hefty percentage, the phone companies would bill the customer directly for the phone sex calls, listing them with all other toll (long-distance) calls the customer had made. The services readily agreed to the arrangement, realizing that credit card transactions not only killed the mood for some callers, but also gave them a chance to rethink & hang up before the call clock started. Less call loss meant more profit, as did eliminating the need for employees for billing, so the services were still making a lot of money, even after phone companies took their share. BTW, phone companies market this arrangement for other types of phone-based services, such as psychic readings, social networking, gaming/ gambling, etc. It's been very popular with the public, especially in areas of low literacy, and very profitable for the telecommunications industry.

What's happening these days is that disreputable entities, often overseas, are making phone calls to people who, once they answer, are connected to some of these phone sex services without their knowledge or permission. Once the connection is established, the call is billed to the person on their regular monthly phone bill. The charges can be astronomical since there is no one there to disconnect the call, and because there can be international toll call charges added.

Got my call from 786-204-4358 at 9pm tonight, but knew right away that he has a small appendage, so I didn't answer.

Added him to my address book which gives me the ability to block the little [tiny] tike.

Folks, don't EVER call any of these numbers back as it is likely a scam that charges $20 for the connection and $10 a minute on your phone bill by keeping you on hold for ever.

Sleep well my friends knowing that the fellow with the tiny appendage will soon be wear some steel bracelets. Yes, they made the mistake of calling a police officer. :-)

Go for it! The fullest extent of the law.

It seems that these scam calls are not only used on people in the US. The wife (in europe)just got a call for 1 hour ago from this nr: 001 223 456 789 and just the contruction of that nr. made my "warning bells" to glow.

A good way for consumers to help themselves is to read and contribute to comments for a particular number at 800notes.com. I've used this many times to check for existing complaints about a particular number, and have left additional comments to confirm or refute claims made on that page. (Some commenters are the "sky is falling" type, even when the calling party is legitimate but perhaps unwanted, like a legitimate bill collector.)

Keep in mind that this page - and 800notes.com - are just for comments and sharing with others, and will not generate any direct legal action. For that, you must make a formal complaint using the "File a Complaint with the FTC" link at the bottom-right of this page.

I also just got a call from +1 (223) 456-789. Found it here :) I'm in Europe too.

I have a VOIP landline phone which the Telco views as a cell number. I have been getting calls from "Unknown Name" every day now since the beginning of February, sometimes twice a day and once three times. When I answer, the line is dead, no one at the other end. There is never any message on my answering machine. At first, the return ID was from 1-317-497-0282, then they switched to 1-317-623-3488, and are now using 1-317-215-7147. Sometimes, the 1- prefix is dropped. I will never return their call as it might have call forwarding on it to a non-toll-free number who knows where. If they don't stop, I might switch back to a traditional landline phone number.

Update to my previous comment. Since I have a VOIP phone, I have the ability to block those calls. All I have to do is log into my account and put the number in the Call Blocking box in my profile with my local telco. It is one of the services VOIP provides, without additional charge I believe.

Didn't pick up. No voicemail. They have called before with the same story. I won't call back or anything. Thanks for your replies.

Many of you will eventually find out that number on your caller ID is a "spoofed" number. These are unused numbers that telemarketers and criminals use via a call spoofing service (e.g. Spoofcard, Spooftel, etc.). The government tried to address this by passing the "Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009". However, this law has very little effect in stopping those that intend to deceive or cause harm to others. My daughter has been stalked and harassed for weeks by someone using this service (she answers phone at work and cannot change this number). She blocks the number only to see another one appear. Law enforcement finds it difficult and time consuming to prosecute because they need to identify the internet spoofing service and subpoena their records. Trust me, this will get much worse before it gets better unless the federal government steps in.

My husband received a call on his cell from 786-204-4358 7:19 pm and a Spanish man was on the other end. It is a Florida number and at 7:19 pm here It's 10:19 pm in Miami, FL. Hubby handed me the phone and no one answered me when I said hello repeatedly, they just hung up and I'm not calling that number back. All cell and house phones unlisted and on the do not call list, go figure.

This 786-204-4358 number seriously called my husbands phone from 11:08 last night until 6:09 am every 2-3 minutes. I called Verizon and got the number blocked.

now that we all know it's a scam, why can't cell phone providers just blocked it off from their service as courtesy to their customers?

I just chatted with my cell provider and they were able to block the number i mentioned for me, and show me how to do this myself if it happens again (we`ll hafta see). With luck it won`t happen again.

same here these spanish calls from 786-204-4358

https://www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx

828-919-6798 One ring scam. I use ringback tones so music plays, not a regular ring. I don't answer unknown numbers, so I NEVER call back a hang-up!
beware and be smarter than a scammer! Even jerks who spoof numbers steal 800 scam numbers because they are haters of peace.

Got a call around 5pm local time from 786-204-4358, then my husband received a call from the same number at around 10:30pm. I missed the call and (so very stupidly) called back, thinking it was a relative in FL. I hung up within seconds, realizing what an incredibly bad idea it was to call back. I don't believe the call had connected, but what should I do?? Should I call my phone company to find out if it connected and charged me? I feel so dumb.

I get call like that all the time so I block all numbers that's not in my contact to go to voicemail n if important they leave a message n I call back also since these call are always fake so I won't have that problem they have text apps that can actually get calls n voicemail if you apply for sumn online use the text app number so when u get calls like that you don't have to worry they can call all hours it's not your main number in if it's important they will leave a message that saves you from that problem as well and you can use da app to find out who is calling if it's a scam number no harm done it works on wifi n 3G-4G

Just don't answer or call back it's as simple as that. As for blaming cell carriers the cell carriers see the same number as you do the reasoning is because that is what is registered on the tower as the call is transmitting and if caller Id spoofing was used by a auto dialer there is no way to track it so instead of complaining about it just out smart them and not answer it

I downloaded a call blocker app. The app is free and takes care of any call i want blocked.

I have the same numbers calling me one with a (773) area code I block numbers not in my contacts and if I'm using a site online that mite give my number away I created a text app where I can get voicemail and let them call that number 24-7 if I turn my phone off or log out the app I won't even know they called til I log in.

yeah, look the number up on google...then get this FTC notice. WHY THE HELL DOES FTC ALLOW IT TO CONTINUE ?????

a company called Performant out of California has called a few times - their number is 2098583500. They claim to be a collection center retrieving debt for the Federal and State Governments - problem here is that I don't owe anything, not a penny...not a dime. they are a scammer.

Called over 30 times so far tonight. I hit 1 then got a person that asked me if i spoke spanish. I said no. She said im sorry then hung up. Then continurd to call . Wont stop. I just blocked it. But phone continues to tell me it nlock again and again. Very anoying. Its 11:30 pm. They keep trying to call

I get these calls in the middle of the night, one ring hang ups from various different numbers. I have had to turn off my ringer. I hope I don't get any emergency calls. I would block the numbers, but they are always from different numbers. What should I do.

So when are the do-nothing slugs down at the FTC going to bust them and deport them? Never! Instead, they will whine for more tax money to do less while claiming ''it's Bush's fault'' and ''you're racist'' for complaining.

786-204-4358 just called and I did not hear it right away. I called back and the line was busy. Immediately after I hung up, my cell rang. I just disconnected it immediately.

I just received a call from 786-204-4358 and let it go to voicemail. I had a feeling it was one of these scams! My Father received it too and my friend apparently about a week ago. Glad I didn't answer!

We have been getting one ring calls for months now on our landline... our landline does not have long distance and no caller id so i had no idea what was going on until i stumbled across this site while looking for information on a different scam... wow, this sucks!

I have received quite a few of these type of calls. The most recent one is this:
209-208-6125
Country: USA
Location: California

I suspect that it is not actually from California, but that it is being "spoofed." It rings only once and then hangs up.

Another scam.

~ N

Anyone ever seen this number? 1253429c454? received repeatedly, never answered, finally ceased. Probably superseded by a not so obvious scam number.

I got a call from 786-204-4358 while I was talking on the same phone. I called back, there was only one ring, then hung up. What does it mean?

I`m wondering if this is what i just got today, number that called me is 605-475-4619. Did me a reverse lookup via Yellow Pages and found it`s a landline in South Dakota. The voice was Spanish- sounding, and was electronically altered, kinda like what you`d get if you ran your voice through a musical synth. Gotta wonder just whgat`s going on here that`s for sure.

I for one will be curious to see if number i mentioned in my previous post will try again, almost called the local PD to see if they could help, no joy there.

My friends and i got calls around the same time. In the same hour in fact. It's sort of creepy. How did they get all of us at the same time? It makes me wonder if it's some sort of stalker. If someone has information, please post it. This scam's creeping me out.

I was thinking I'd put these numbers on a block list but how many numbers are these scammed using?

Well I was dumb enough to answer for (786) 204-4358...recording in spanish. I should know better since this happened to me once on Christmas Day and I was charged 10 bucks...ridiculous. Warn your friends!!

Aside from cost everyone money and the phone company making extra money how do the callers make any money? It seems that the phone companies are the only ones who benefit from the scam. What am I missing. What is the online directory web site address to check numbers.

I got a call from 216-206-6895 last night at 11:30. I didn't answer and let it go to voice mail. No message. I hope this isn't going to be a regular occurrence...

I get calls often, from 786-204-4358. Always in Spanish, but I never call back or push the #'s it requests.

Don't answer the phone!!!

If you have a pay-as-you-go cell phone then there is no danger in calling back....right?

I got a call from 786-204-4358 while in church this morning. After church, I Googled the number and found this blog. I emailed this link to my family and friends. Thanks for the info!

We should all start calling the providers and demand them to block the number nationwide.Let's do it all together . they are going to be so busy that they won't be able to take care of costumers who have normal problems not like this major one.Then they will finally do smth about it.

Keep getting a call from +504 9711 9742
What is this?

Just got a call from (786) 204-4358 rang twice and no voicemail was left! I will definitely not call back

9:22 on the west coast, got a call from 786-204-4358...I don't know anyone in Florida...gonna put a block on it...thanks to everyone for posting their experiences

This number 7862044358 called my mothers cell phone then an hour later my dads cell phone. I told them not to answer it. Wish there was a way to stop these people. 90 percent of my phone calls are these type of scam numbers

I just got a call as well, didn't call back. If this really is a scam, what exactly are these people getting out of ripping people off? I can't imagine they get paid for having someone on the line. Maybe people who have something against you add you to a list for revenge or something.

I had a missed call from that 786-204-4358 number on my cell phone today. I did a Google search and found a lot of information about how it was a scam call and how some people were harassed by it. I am on the "Do Not Call List," too, but people like this don't even take that into consideration....

I just got a phone call from this number, but I did NOT answer it. I do NOT answer any numbers I don't know. They let it ring 4 times, hung up, and then called back again and let it ring another 4 times. Its a robo dialer. Don't let it bother you folks, just ignore and go on. You are letting them win by griping about the idiots. Life is too short. And they apparently have NO life to speak of.

Has anyone written their representatives in Congress? Because the real issue is that "spoofing" a phone number is perfectly legal. You cannot even answer your own phone anymore and now, you cannot even answer your cell phone either. Write your elected reps in Congress and demand they make spoofing phone numbers illegal! They are legitimizing telemarketing fraud by allowing this. Any reason to allow spoofed phone numbers had by now been overshadowed by rampant phone fraud. Demand they stop it NOW!

I got a call from 786-204-4358 today. I didnt answer or call back. I hope the police catch these idiots!

Those people are jerks

I have been getting calls from these numbers.. 202-666-8460, 619-489-0302, 202-556-5522, 458-785-54655(this one had extra number in it.. but didn't call it)

I have been getting calls from these numbers.. 202-666-8460, 619-489-0302, 202-556-5522, 458-785-54655(this one had extra number in it.. but didn't call it)

I have been calls from these numbers..202-556-5522
4-587-855-4655(extra number.. didn't call back)
619-489-0302 202-666-8460 931-378-7819 678-260-3571....678-260-3869&3569 619-478-6153
323-489-7500 678-767-1888... I added all these to my reject list... so they couldn't come through.

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