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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.


These numbers are not actually in the US even though they are US area codes. They actually connect you to an international number. It's similar to people using Magic Jack to cheat international calls. They have found a way to even make it say a US city on the caller ID. They know how to code and hack obviously. Blocking on the iPhone or android won't help really because they are constantly generating random numbers. I block every call and I get called by a different one every 30 mins or so. I basically just leave my phone on Do Not Disturb or Airplane mode and have wifi on so I can receive texts. Hopefully they lessen and will eventually stop. I have even heard if you call back and stay on for a few seconds, they can get your contacts list. That could explain how they keep getting our phone numbers, but not sure how much truth there is behind that.

I was in our Pic-Pac last night and a fellow walked in and asked if he could borrow a phone to call his mother (he was directing everyone standing in line and the cashiers). The older cashier told him to you the regular phone in the store, and somehow he did not want to use it. The other/younger cashier asked him to tell her the # and she would dial it for him; it started with 786 (that's all I remember) and that surprised me because our entire state does not have a 786 area code. I hope that his intentions were sincere.

I've been having the same problem getting calls from unknown numbers such as 786-420-4568so I decided to google the area code and it doesn't exist these scammers need to get a job and stop trying to take people hard earned money I don't believe that nothing can be done about it how can you put a man on the moon but you cant stop scammers im not buying it!!!

Got a call from a 202 number, Washington DC. I didn't think about letting my voice mail get it. When I answered an automated voice says, "Good bye" Any ideas what that was all about?

These number +62 857-2617-0647 has been texting me everyday and want to know everything about me.And there's also an unknown number what I mean is a phone number that I can't see,and this number always calls me midnight.what do I have to do?

a person saying they are in florida on vacation, wanting me to send item i had for sale on facebook yard sale ads, to foreign country to their cousin, he said willing to pay more money for me to do that. then continued to ask me over over i had to block them, 612-808-4042 scammer said they pay with paypal. be aware paypal payment

a person selling on ebay from utah state never shipped item to me , so when i go research his number it shows me its scammer number his id on ebay is ecoswift and he is scammed alot people by getting info on ebay as a seller and then he get your identity to use it as bill collector over phone, many message about him in net from this number 801-928-9777

410 841 4866 is another phone number

Thanks for the warning but I'm sorry..why would you call a number back when you have no idea who it is? That just seems like an idiot move and you're asking for it. Reverse phone lookup if you're that interested in where they might be calling from. Also if they didn't leave a voicemail you're stupid for calling them back anyway since you have no idea who or what it might be about. People need to think more.

Received a call from 210-418-4501 from someone posing as an IRS agent. The caller spoke with a foreign accent and didn't identify who he was trying to reach. The message stated there was a warrant out for my arrest for not paying back taxes, and that I need to call the number right away. Because I do owe back taxes I got concerned and called the number on my land line. Once I got through, there was a recoded message about screwing a camel. I was a little relieved but pissed off nonetheless.

if you're getting annoying robo calls, register your phone number with They have servers that screen robocalls and will block them from calling your home. I've had it for one year and it works great.

Is A1 Solar @ 619-216-0672 a one ring scammer ? Because they never ring more than once and don't leave a message.

I never answer the phone when it is a number that I do no know. What I usually do is google the number if there is one on the caller ID, and it gives me some idea who called. It is never anyone I want or need to talk to. I have been getting calls from a private number once or twice a day and they never leave a message. I wish that there was a way to find out who is calling when the caller is either unknown or a private caller.

I just got a phone call but couldn't answer it. When i came back to my iphone there was only a three digit number "204". When I called it back it said number you've dialed is incorrect.

had call from 3606272338 & wanted to give me 6% on credit card...tell me to give #'s & exp # on card--gave phony #'s & after 5/6 repeats of #'s He said that #'s don't work and guess you wrote them down wrong..he says are you messing w/me. & then vulgar talk are having potty mouth & acting bad...should not be on a phone and phone went blank. sure hope he calls again soon as I had so much fun w/this scum, worthless, pathetic piece of work.

I keep getting calls from a number in Florida. I have an app that is supposed to just hang up on them but they're getting through to my voicemail still and leaving silent messages. It's not supposed to let the numbers on the block list get to my voicemail but this one is somehow getting through. I get many calls daily from this number. It's not any of the area codes listed above in the article.

I have every reason to believe these international scammers are branching out by purchasing actual (mostly small town)local phone access numbers and going thru these to make their scam calls. Many appear to be linked to one particular telecommunication system that has bought out others that went bankrupt or were thought to be involved in fraud. My recommendation is that of many others of you, if you are not sure let it go to voice mail. Even their caller IDs are inviting. Yes, they are also using landlines.

On my Verizon cell I am receiving multiple times a day for almost a month calls from 720-608-5687. I don't know this number hence I don't answer it. whoever it is does not leave a message. Still very annoying so I wanted to let everyone I can know not to answer this number. Will be going to Verizon to have it blocked!

Getting one ring calls from +216 56 002 010 everyday!!

I don't answer numbers I don't know and ones that don't have a name or any ID I don't bother adding them to a list
I just don't answer. You could forward those numbers to a number that when they answered the bad caller would hang up and scratch you off their list.

Messages currently circulating via social media warn users about a phone scam that can trick people into incurring large phone bills via international phone charges and per-minute fees for "premium" phone services. The warnings explain that scammers are making phone calls and then hanging up after only one ring in the hope that users will return the missed call and be charged accordingly.

223 called me and hung up.

Am getting calls from +827662638 numbers many time. And that always call at mid night around 11 or 12. And am justing clearing that I have write the correct no it is of 9 digit only and even I checked the country code it is oof South Korean but after the country code it doesn't matched with any ph no. Plz let me know what to do?

If you’re getting repeated calls from the same number, your phone company may be able to block that number, but first ask whether there’s a fee for this service.

If you’re getting unwanted calls from a lot of different numbers, look into a call blocking solution. There are online call blocking services, call blocking boxes, and smartphone apps that block unwanted calls. Do an online search to look for reviews from experts and other users, and find out whether the service costs money.

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I am receiving calls with proper name ID, but phone number now has 001 in front. Is my caller bluffing the actual number that they are calling from?

Getting MULTIPLE calls from VARIOUS area codes - can't even believe how annoying this is. Someone has shared our number under a false name and we are receiving their calls from all over the country!(202, 214, 262, 314, 937, 502, 512, 610, 718, name a few.)

Buck shot skillfully administered in an expert and timely fashion could end this type of activity. Anything else is just pissing into the wind.

I am getting calls from 3015160 but the area code shows 001 which isn't even an AREA code in the US. This morning I got one call at 3:29AM and another at 3:31AM. I had one yesterday also. One ring only. But this is on my home phone!3701

001 Area code shows a prefix for Cambodia and Guyana. Scam callers. Block them!

Question! Are the cellphone-wireless companies, like VeriZon purposely creating or diverting calls to wrong numbers to drive up the subscriber's bills?

more out of country Phone Lines Being sold By peerless networks in Florida a useless small scam company located in Florida

(201) 647-3585

Received a call today from 305-204-8629 asking he be called back at a 786 number. It's a scam that will cost you big bucks and the phone company will be of little help in having the charge removed from your bill as they show you made the call.

i have returned a call from +226 what will happen to me. . .my return call last for 30secs . . .what will happen to me please help

I called a number and it shows potential spam caller.. What does it mean ?

I receive calls several times a month from 1 313 555 4267 and after the first time when I picked up and no one was there/disconnect, I called back and when I 555, a oscillating 2 tone signal could be heard and I could never finish the number. The prefix 555 are widely used for fictitious telephone numbers in North American television shows, films, video games, and other media. When I see the number, I quickly pick up and hang up.

they call 1-111-526-3987,calll and call over and dont answer

Just got a call from 1-876-394-4930 Saying that he was working for UPS I won 2.5 million dollars and a new Mercedes Benz. I was told to write down his name as Sam Williams, my name, the check number he gave me ,UPS, and registration fee amount, lawyer name was to be Mary Smith. Apparently, I had to go to Western Union and send $385.00 to the federal trade commission, and then the lawyer and a security group would escort me to my bank to deposit my check. He didn't know my name so I knew he wouldn't know my address. The phone hung up and be called back twice to get back to me. Scam? I'm not sure but if I'm meant to win money I wouldn't have to pay ,correct? He claimed the money would be to get a gold eagle stamp for my certified check. He even went as far to say be was a deacon in his church, asked if j believed in God, and this is a blessing.

A couple of months ago I got a call from the representative of the estate of a wealthy gal who passed away overseas. Although I had trouble understanding his voice, I clearly heard him say that his client wanted a stranger to have the inheritance, and that I was chosen as the heir. I gave the caller my bank account information and my ID, but so far no transfer has been made. What do you think is holding up the 5 million dollars that is supposed to go into my account?

If you tell someone your bank account number, they can take money from your account, even if they say they're going to give you money. If you tell them your ID, they can use it for identity theft, like opening up new credit cards in your name.

You may want to change your bank account number, read about what to do if someone has your ID information.


+61 410 735 433 Got message from this number to verify your bank details.

I keep getting a call from this number 421 221 5654

I got a one-ring call from 408-228-4486 and I don't know anyone from that area code.

Block the number, and move on

Wow, this is 2 years old and still going on. The calls here are all coming from 412-735 numbers. Seven different numbers so far. They even go so far as the point to leave a message and then silence and then hang up. Keep blocking the numbers on the phone, had to go to do not disturb except for contacts to prevent the ringing. Block the number after recent calls and they then use another fake number. Very annoying but at least I can set the phone to only ring for contacts. Any other valid calls can leave a message for call back.

Its a Rhodesia number, that when I called back, cost me $US 8.75 A MINUTE, and they (the con artists with the Pakistani accent) get a cut of that. Big scam. Doesnt cost to receive a call from Rhodesia, but costs big time, when curiosity tempts me to call back and see who called ME. The number comes up as Nevada, but really is caller-id-spoofed to seem like its local.

I just got a call from 404-744-5982 with a robot voicemail about medical alert service.

Please be advised on facebook a friend asked to join a federal grants that were being distributed to retired persons. I was scammed for $3,000 Wal-Mart to Wal-Mart transfer by a Frances and Sherry . I am working a detailed evidence of the horrible scam that I was scammed in Santa Fe, New Mexico. By messenger on April 1,2017 I have copied the text messages word by word. I am in debt behind in my mortgage and I borrowed a loan. I believed in this government grant to be awarded to me. What do I do to continue my suffering debt and scam that was done to me. Please help me I was devasted and out of money. I am on fixed income 62 years old. I know Frances She is 73 years old from Taos, New Mexico. I have reported this scam in Santa Fe, New Mexico with the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico

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