People throughout the U.S. have been receiving "One Ring" or "Wangiri" robocalls in bursts, according to officials. The calls are targeting specific area codes "often calling multiple times in the middle of the night."
"These calls are likely trying to prompt consumers to call the number back, often resulting in per minute toll charges similar to a 900 number," the agency said in a news release on Friday. "Consumers should not call these numbers back."
Typically, officials have said this is how the scam unfolds: The robocaller will dial a number before hanging up after one to two rings. They might do this repeatedly, "hoping the consumer calls back and runs up a toll that is largely paid to the scammer."
Based on areas codes, Hiya said that the top locations being scammed with "One Ring" calls are Tulsa, Oklahoma; Southeastern Louisiana; Northeast Texas; Westchester County, New York; Fort ...