One Ring Curious About Who Called You…Don’t Be!
in Compliance & Regulatory
By: Nicola Foggie, NJCUL Senior Vice President, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs

The one ring scam is ramping up again, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The “one ring” scam involves a phone call from a number you don’t know that stops after just one ring. The scammer is counting on you being curious and is hoping you’ll call back. DON’T. According to the FTC, it’s really an international toll number that will appear as a charge on your phone bill — with most of the money going to the scammer.  The scam is back with a vengeance, according to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new advisory just issued titled "Scammers Looking to Defraud Consumers by Prompting Expensive Call Back." 

Recent reports to the FCC indicate these calls are using the “222” country code of the West African nation of Mauritania. News reports have indicated widespread overnight calling in New York State and Arizona.

Read the FCC’s advisory for more detail, but the advice from both agencies remains the same if you get one of these calls:

  • Don’t call back;
  • Report the robocall to the FTC at www.donotcall.gov and to the FCC at www.fcc.gov/complaints;
  • If you never make international calls, consider talking to your phone company about blocking outbound international calls to prevent accidental toll calls; and
  • Always check your phone bill for suspicious or unusual charges.

The FCC is working to combat scam calls with enforcement actions, a strong push for caller ID authentication, and support for call blocking tools.

Another key tool is consumer education like this alert and the FCC’s One Ring scam consumer guide.

Remember, if it is a legitimate caller, they will call back if they don’t get you the first time.

Need Compliance help? Contact Nicola Foggie at nfoggie@njcul.org.