I’ve had this happen to me before, and you’ve probably had it happen to you as well: an unknown foreign number calls your phone and suddenly disconnects.
Welcome to WealthPreneurship with Adus Michael. If you’re wondering why you’re receiving missed calls from unfamiliar foreign numbers, it’s because someone is attempting to defraud you. The One Ring Scam is what it’s called, and here’s how it works.
You receive missed calls from a foreign number that you don’t recognize. The calls are typically from unknown nations. Everyone knows the international codes for the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
However, you may receive calls with prefixes such as +675, +236, +256, and so on. Some of them are presumably countries you’ve never heard of and with which you’ve had no interaction.
The One Ring Scam is named from the fact that the phone number rings once and then disconnects, leaving you with a missed call. The typical individual believes that making an overseas call is significant.
The con artists are banking on this, as well as your curiosity. Alternatively, they may be relying on you to observe the code of ethics, which states that it is right to return missed calls.
If you contact the number back, as is expected of you when you receive a missed call, you will be setting yourself up for a large charge. Many overseas calls are costly, but because the numbers contacting you are generally premium lines, calling them back is even more expensive.
When you phone them back, you’ll probably hear background music, similar to when you’re on wait, or you’ll have to deal with someone speaking in a language you don’t understand. The goal is to keep you on the phone for as long as possible so that your bill can skyrocket.
To put it another way, the easiest method to deal with missed calls from unknown foreign numbers for most individuals is to ignore them. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule.
Ignoring such calls may be a terrible idea if you are an international businessperson who has given out your phone number and communicates with people from a variety of nations. If you’re in that scenario, though, wasting a few bucks on a call isn’t an issue.
If you’re not one of these people and are more like the rest of us, just disregard a missed call from an overseas number you don’t recognize (particularly one you didn’t anticipate). The sky is not about to fall.
Who Profits From Missed Calls From Unknown International Phone Numbers?
Dodgy phone networks are to blame. They frequently delegate income generating to third-party marketers who create these schemes. They are frequently aware of it. When you phone such numbers back, you’ll be charged premium rates, and they’ll smile all the way to the bank.
Wangiri, which means “one cut” in Japanese, is another name for the One Ring Scam. It has been around for a while, but it appears to be expanding and occurring more frequently as failing telecom providers throughout the world seek new revenue streams.
How to Block Unwanted International Calls From Scam Callers With One Ring
The first guideline is to not return missed calls from unfamiliar foreign numbers, particularly those that are unexpected.
Other users are likely to have reported similar scam activities, thus an app like TrueCaller can assist in detecting them. When your phone rings, TrueCaller will notify you. Use Google or other resources if you’re not sure where a call is originating from.
If you’re a businessperson, make it a practice to arrange international calls in advance by email or WhatsApp, so you know when and from where the call will come in.
Use a call blocking software to stop these unknown foreign numbers from bothering you. Unwanted phone numbers may now be blocked on some devices. This feature should be available in your phone dialer app.
Is It Possible To Block International Calls From Your Phone?
On your phone, there is no common mechanism to prevent foreign calls. Some smartphone makers, on the other hand, have the feature built in as a bespoke feature. Samsung’s One UI, for example, provides that capability, allowing you to ban foreign calls.
On a Samsung phone, follow these steps:
Open the Phone application.
Select Menu > Settings > Call > More Settings by pressing the Menu key.
Select Voice call from the Call blocking menu.
Uncheck the box next to “International calls.”
That’s it: foreign calls on your Samsung phone are now prohibited.
Note that banning foreign calls on your phone also prevents all genuine international calls, so if you have legitimate overseas connections that call you for personal or commercial reasons, they won’t be able to reach you.
Shot of Separation
Remember that missed calls from unfamiliar foreign numbers are almost always a scam attempt. So far, it has been without consequence other than a loss of airtime. But who knows how much more nefarious it may get? Keep yourself protected.
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