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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 got this numbers a few times a day didn't know what it is Thanks for telling me

I received a call from +222 31 37 95 68. What kind of call is this? Where is it from???

I got a call from +1(597) 0 unfortunately I was caught of guard.
The moment I answered and saw the number I told them never to call this number again. They hung up, the person didn't speak very good English.

Received a call showing on my cell phone as +1 (1) (575) 066-420. I did not answer it and put the number in google to look it up and was taken to this site. I almost called back since we do business out of the country and employees are currently traveling. I will block it but I am sure will get more from other numbers. I wish there was something to do to prevent this.

‭+232 21 19 01 85‬

Was the number I got blocked immediately

2 322 120 0133, 115 4696, and Private numbers all day and all night !!!!
Cant get ATT on the phone

‭+232 21 00 13 57‬ This number called my work cell about 5 times in the middle of the night, by just ringing once. Then it started calling my personal cell and then called my wife’s cell once. We didn’t answer. I am enraged!!!

232 21 20 01 46, 232 21 00 87 47, 232 21 20 01 38, 232 21 00 13 57, these numbers keep calling I do not answer or call back. Please make this stop. My number is on the do not call list, but I feel this registrar no longer works.

I had just got a call the number was +222 38 72 60 01, if you get this number it is most likely a scam call I got lucky I didn't answer it or call it back be on the look out for this number.

I jus thought got a +232 call saying from Sierra Leone and did not answer. However, when I went to see what the number was to Google, it accidentally dialed it back. I hung up immediately but it shows 10 seconds....I hope I don't get dinged with a charge. Wish to goodness there was a way to stop all this mess.

Been receiving phone calls from a Sierra Leone with different numbers such as
‭+232 21 20 01 46‬
‭+232 21 20 01 00‬
They call twice.

so i got a phone call from a string of numbers that go as 232 21 20 01 03 and 232 21 20 01 89. I do not know what the phone number leads back to. it looked like a basic array of coordinates to me but they called and the name on the phone number was Sierra Leone

I have gotten numerous calls 232 21 00 13 80
232 21 00 16 74
232 21 00 15 83
232 21 00 15 84
These all say from Sierra Leone
Then another from Lithuania. 370 619 88 213
I am so sick of these call all hours of the night and early morning
I block you each but then another comes up.

+232 21 00 19 01
This number called 13x in one day not to mention at 12:17am, 3:51am, 3:57am, 4:04am and 4:32am
THIS NEEDS TO STOP!!!

Got a one ring call form 232 21 00 26 67 that is the way it showed up on my phone !

‭Got a one ring call a few times from this no ‭+232 21 00 29 15‬ just blocked it

+232 21 00 25 36
This number calls me twice a day. I just ignore and blocked on my iPhone.

‭+232 21 00 26 67‬ A number from Sierra Leone keep calling.

Interesting, thanks for the info,

I see that comments are from 2014 and seeing i'm posting on now on 2019 as someone has bin calling me from algeria +213 670 43 09 79 which changes numbers every now and than but still coming from algeria and its getting annoying, as you say too that it calls and hangs up yep does that all the time :/ So im just going to go to my phone costumer place to tell them if they can find out who it is.

What if I just answered it? Before I read this, I was fast enough to answer, but once I looked at the number I hung up.

This number won't stop calling all the time every so often who is it +61243930921

I got called by +257 78 13 18 28 i was gonna open it untill it hanged up then i searched it up i said “Thank God i didn’t answer the call!” Because it is a scammer! So please don’t answer it it takes money away unless you have free international minutes which is very rare but still if you do have them don’t answer them.

I received a call from number 410 999 00 56 saying they are from the SSA asking me for my name, DBO and SSN I hung up the call, stay alert.

I received a call from number 410 999 00 56 saying they are from the SSA asking me for my name, DBO and SSN I hung up the call, stay alert.

Hi,,
I have received calls from these no. +1(785)-6790215, +1(786) -9030749, +923417778469
They told me "I won a lautry".. And whatapp me A msg for the code... Plz help me out. What to do.. And take action against them.
My other family members also received calls from these no.

Just got called from 1 414 600 1880, stating I am being sued, and i need to call them back... The name they gave wasnt mine, but was someone I am in litigation against...luckily they clled me HIS NAME, so i knew it was a scam.

This odd number called me .. 4174-278-10-72

I received a text message which had a voice mail attached from area code 205-509-9976 telling me my bank would be charged 799.99 because my computer maintenance would expire. message said to call 1-831-263-5975 to cancel. I did not call but did check my bank.

Another of these numbers is 674-666-0330. This one rings twice and indicates it is coming from North America, it is not.

i keep getting this on my mob, they ring twice, cant find anything on the net, but the prefix is Eastern states Sydney , NSW, CAN, ACT, have not rung back as i have no idea who this is
number is 02 91374540, they ring nearly every morning, i dont know anyone in these places so......

I keep getting these one ring calls at 2 and 3 in the morning. Your heart stops when the phone rings in the middle of the night like that cause no one calls just to "Chat" at the time, it's always something bad. But this call is from France, 33-825-93-71-66. I don't call back cause I don't know anyone in France and if I did they would know better than to call in the middle of the night and would leave a message. So Annoyed!!

I received multiple calls from Poland today. The number changes. I don't answer because I'm smarter then them. I blocked both numbers but they'll call with a new one Im sure of it. The calls today were from +48 (0) 74 522 48 and +48 (0) 54 283 06.
I know people in Poland lol but I know they;re not calling me out of the blue. Duh! Someone catch these wastes of life.

Received a call from the number 1 855 151 8382 3 times. All calls were 1 ring length so I googled the number and found this site.

+33 891 06 32 66 woke me after midnight.

I've been getting calls from the number 33 6 00 14 21 90. is this a valid number at all even?

I thought this article said they targeted cell phones. I am getting called on my land line. So I guess people should be aware regardless which device these calls are being made to. Technology is great but sometimes it just adds more problems.

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