The FCC is warning US consumers of a new trick by thieves involving the latest robocall scam, which can really cost big time…
Now, the Federal Communications Commission has issued a new warning about a particular type of dangerous robocall.
FCC Warns US Consumers of New One-Ring Call Robocall Scam
Approximately 5 billion pre-recorded automated calls go out each month to US consumers. And they’ve cost Americans millions of dollars in scams.
The frequency of these calls increased from 2.9 billion to 4.1 billion from January to June of last year.
Just in the first three months of this year, 5.3 billion robocalls were placed in the United States. If the trend continues, it will break last year’s whopping record of 47.8 billion.
Currently, the average American receives 22 automated calls per month, including robocalls. (Some people report getting as many as 5 to 6 per day.)
Now, a new one joins the list, the one-ring call.
Beware the One-Ring Robocall Scam
The name says it all — it’s a one-ring call — which is done purposefully by design.
The reasoning is scammers are hoping to pique recipients’ curiosity, causing them to phone the number back. Perpetrators might phone multiple times, allowing the phone to ring just once or twice, each time.
It works similar to a 900 number, meaning the victim phoning the number incurs substantial charges. The scammer, meanwhile, owns this 900-type number and therefore, gets paid as a result.