scam that loads hefty fees onto your phone bill is resurfacing across
fraudsters behind the so-called “one ring scam” place calls that appear
to originate overseas and hang up quickly. Curious victims return the
anonymous missed call and inadvertently agree to fees that get piled
onto their monthly bill.
Henry with the Better Business Bureau of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario
said the charges, which are similar to ones you would receive for
calling a 1-900 number, can cost hundreds of dollars per minute.
they do call back, it puts them through to a pay-per-call type of
scenario where there’s a cost involved to initially be connected, as
well as a cost-per-minute once you’re on that call,” she told CTV
Winnipeg last week.
said callers are often greeted by waiting music or a pre-recorded
longer they are on the call obviously the more expensive the call could
end up being, sometimes $400 a minute,” she said.
Leah said she received a “one ring” call last Monday. It was almost
midnight when her phone rang. She didn’t recognize the number and the
caller did not leave a message. An internet search indicated the number
was from the West African republic of Mauritania.
never even heard of the place it came from,” she said.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has said the calls have targeted people
across Canada. The agency advises against returning missed calls from
unfamiliar numbers and said it is important to check phone bills for
return of the “one ring scam” comes as police in Toronto grapple with
another type of phone-based fraud where victims are convinced to
transfer money into a fraudster’s account. Police issued a warning last
week after five
people were bilked out of a combined $5.1 million.
said blocking suspicious numbers is not enough to protect against
fraud, and reminds people to be vigilant whenever an unknown party
initiates contact over the phone.
numbers tend to change all the time, so blocking the number isn’t
really helping. You could receive 10 calls in a week. And they could
all be from different phone numbers,” she said.
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