Wangiri is a Japanese word meaning ‘one (ring) and cut’.
It’s a telephone scam where criminals trick you into calling premium rate numbers.
A fraudster will set up a system to dial a large number of random phone numbers. Each calls rings just once, then hangs up, leaving a missed call on the recipients’ phone.
How does it work?
A person finds a missed call on their phone. If the person calls the number back they will be re-routed to a premium rate number overseas and will be subsequentlycharged for the expensive call.
What are the signs?
- takes place at night or during working hours (reducing the chances for the recipient to answer the call);
- displays an unusual international country code.
- rings only once;
What can you do?
- If you have a missed call from an unknown number, don’t call back.
A legitimate caller will either leave a message or call back.
- If you receive several such calls, let your phone operator know.