FCC warns consumers about one-ring call scam

FCC warns consumers about one-ring call scam
© Greg Nash

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is warning consumers about a recent wave of robocall scams in which a user's phone rings once before the caller hangs up.

The agency issued a warning last week about the "One Ring" or "Wangiri" calls, urging those targeted by the scam not to call the numbers back.

"These calls are likely trying to prompt consumers to call the number back, often resulting in per minute toll charges similar to a 900 number," the FCC said. "Consumers should not call these numbers back."

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The robocaller may dial a consumer's number repeatedly and hope the target calls back, the FCC said.

The FCC said the recent wave of calls appeared to be using the "222" country code of Mauritania in West Africa. Recent calls have been targeted at consumers in New York state and Arizona, the agency said.

The FCC in February issued a report that found U.S. phones were hit by 48 billion robocalls last year. The report predicted that almost 50 percent of all calls made to U.S. cellphones this year will be spam.

Lawmakers have attempted to combat the surge in robocalls.

Sens. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneTrump encounters GOP resistance to investigating Hunter Biden Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Public impeachment hearings to begin next week MORE (R-S.D.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDemocrats unifying against Joe Kennedy Senate bid States, green groups challenge rollback of Obama-era lightbulb rules Overnight Energy: Dems ask Trump UN ambassador to recuse from Paris climate dealings | Green group sues agencies for records on climate science | Dem wants answers on Keystone oil spill MORE (D-Mass.) reintroduced legislation earlier this year called the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, which would give the federal government the authority to slap offenders with fines of up to $10,000 per call.