Get a one-ring call? Don’t call back.

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A while back, we warned you about the “one ring” scam. That’s when you get a phone call from a number you don’t know, and the call stops after just one ring. The scammer is hoping you’ll call back, because it’s really an international toll number and will appear as a charge on your phone bill — with most of the money going to the scammer. Well, the scam is back with a vengeance, and the FCC just issued a new advisory about it. Read the FCC’s advisory for more detail, but the advice from both agencies remains the same if you get one of these calls:

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Most of us have prepaid cell phone plans, which this information does not apply to.

Call comes in claiming I am owed refund. leaves call back number to claim refund. no answer. Scam???



I have both my cell and my landline on the DO NOT CALL LIST but I continue to get phone calls, what else can be done. I have tried blocking them but some of these places have more than 4 numbers.

I added a call-blocker App to my mobile, and my phone will only ring if I have the person's number listed in the contact list on my phone. It's too bad it has come to this, but I get approximately 8 calls per day from solicitors, and I don't have time to file a complaint for every single call or instance. I wish there were stiffer penalties, or more we could do as consumers to stop this.

And remember Microsoft and Windows do not call you,hang up it is a scam

re the 2nd bullet "Report the robocall": In your own life, be sure of making your calls. I have seen (and done it myself) caller get "interrupted" and hang up before a call is answered. That may now cause your intended(aborted) callee to put your number on a scammers list.

It seems to me that government support of phone company shutting down the WHOLE robocall racket would be better than all the blocked numbers and call lists that are NOT WORKING.

there is a new scam going on. the person says they are from the U.S. tresuary dept. they say a $9,000.00 grant is being sent to walmart or western union to the persons name. just have to pay $250.00 to get it. for one thing, the gov does NOT send grants through western union,or walmart.

It would help if you told how to identify such a number.

They use phone spoofing apps and software. You can block all you want but they'll just use a different one each time.

I put every person, business or what ever that I do business with or carry on a conversation in my phone so the name will show up. If you call me and your name does not show up I will not answer. Not saying sooner or later they might get me but this has kept me safe so far....Just don't let your curiosity get you in trouble. I assume that if your name does not show up, it is a scam!

I have received several of those calls from country code 232 in the past few days. I also received at least 2 calls from country code 370-Lithuania in the past week or so. All part of the same scam?

How would that fraudulent scam number appear on Caller ID? Would it show as an international calling number, or spoofing a "local" number?

You don't know. It's pretty hard nowadays. They even have a way now to where their number shows up as a gov't number or a legitimate company. My recommendation is if you don't recognize the number, let it go to voicemail. Listen to the message and if they say they're from a certain company, Google the company and the number and call that number to confirm if the call is legitimate.

This happens to me all day every day and had done for years. From my understanding only cell phones have any protections from govt agencies and stopping services such as nomorobo I have up answering my phones 10 years ago. Verizon raises rates annually, cuts services monthly and I can't answer my 2 lines.

Thanks John. These info-messages are valuable, especially on the scams! Deloris

This scams appears easy to police. The phone provider obviously isn't incentivized not to be complicit.

I get 3 to 4 calls on my cell phone, everyday!! With numbers that I don't recognize? So I block them??

i do and it has cut down the calls alot! but beware if you block one number they will use a different one

We have NoMoRobo set up on our phones. When a call comes in that is in their database, the phone rings once. But we never call the number to verify it. If it is in their database, it is a scam.

Thank you for this info. I get these one ring calls often. They usually have the same area code and prefix of the area I live in. I've never called one of them back. Now I know I need to report these calls as well as blocking them.

If you don't recognize the number, if they don't leave a voicemail, it's a junk call. If it WAS important, they would have left a message. Sign up ( for free on landlines ) at Nomorobo. I did and it cut out at least 90% of spam calls.

Thanks again. These one-ring calls were a curiosity but seemed unimportant. At least the thieves behind them are revealed. Is the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) a toothless paper tiger?

The past two days have had robocalls from Focus on the Family. Is this organization soliciting funds by phone?

I don't answer any calls from a number I don't know. If they leave a msg, maybe I will, just depends.

I just got a cell message from a robo call said that there are legal enforcement actions filed against me and my social security number was suspected for fraudulent activities. Call 806-319-7162. Social security department agent was waiting for my call back.
SCAM and liars!

Or cell phones are prvately paid. So we are paying for private numbers. Why is our government allowing these calls to be made. Answer: simple greed
So another right down the drain

The latest one is calls coming in with your name and phone number shown, I guess they hope you will answer it just out of curiosity or just see the name thinking your spouse is calling without looking at the phone number. I am getting at least 6-8 every day in the last 3 days.

What really irritates me is that the phone companies have the technology to prevent all of these issues. Now they want to charge us additional money if we don’t want these fraudulent and annoying calls. Why doesn’t the FTC/GOV mandate this as a part of consumer protection?

Thanks to the FTC for bringing this important matter to the Consumers attention. A ounce of prevention is a pound of knowledge.

I received a call yesterday and my name and phone showed up on my caller ID. It was as if I was receiving a call from myself. I have never heard of this one before

‭+1 (317) 548-1269‬ This number called me about car insurance, and when I told them I didn’t have a car they hung up.

Getting calls from (consumer advisers associates) claiming that I owe money,they had SS number and old came in twice 800 number I believe that this is a scam!!

This happened to my dad last month. It looks like he was actually calling Africa when he returned a call to a number with a Los Angeles area code. Thanks for the info. I’ll call my cell phone provider and ask for an adjustment.



I received a phone call today at 9:02am 05/21/2019 from 8588161513. The recorder stated with my social being suspended due to suspicious activity and to press 1 to speak to an investigator. The man was indian as well and he asked for my name and home address, but then hung up right away. Be careful y'all!!! Some of us don't know better so make sure the kids and friends and everyone is informed to always be careful on giving out information!!!

Getting 1 ring calls. Looked up number says Fed-Ex.

I get so many scam calls a day that if you looked at my blocked calls list, it would probably take you all day to go through it. I block and delete and I am the same as another one that posted, if I don't know the number, I don't answer. If they leave a message, I will listen, then delete. Now they have started texting me, so I delete and block those. What is a person to do?

Received 26 calls in 1 day from same male caller. Said I had been given a 'government grant' of $9,400.00. Needed my debit card or checking account number to deposit money immediately. I refused. Said I needed to buy $250 of PayPal cards within 30 minutes. Told him I knew it was a scam. Calls were from 3 companies and just 2 showing number only. Told him on first call I was a Lt in the Fraud Division. Replied - that's nice. Answered next 25 calls saying Police department, Lt. Brown, Fraud Division. He just kept his pitch going. Started hanging up on him. Kept calling back. Once I recognized the numbers, I stopped answering. Kept calling for 4 days. Finally stopped. Very persistent in what you MUST DO. Said I'd also get the $250.00 Good Faith money back. Told him I wasn't a fool, no one from the government asks for money to send money and then gives it back. I'm a little bit dumb, not a whole lot stupid! Try someone else!

Getting calls on my company cell phone from France and Lithuania. Suspected it was a robo-dialer, never called back.

For the last 3 days, I've been receiving one phone call many times a day.

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