A new wave of online fraud has hit the globe–the Wangiri Scam, wherein an individual gets a missed call: a ring and the phone snaps. The scammer relies upon your curiosity of returning a missed call, even from a mysterious international number, reported How-To Geek.
The returned call is routed to an expensive premium rate number, and the caller is then coerced into staying on the line for as long as possible; the longer you hold on the line, the more money they ultimately make.
And the tactics to hold an individual on the phone line include luring offers and announcing prize money, or simply just hold on the line with a machine playing music.
The scam originated in Japan, wherein the term itself is Japanese: “one (ring) and cut.” Warnings about the scam have also appeared in the U.K., Canadian, Irish, and New Zealand media, among others. In the U.S., the FCC has warned consumers about it.
However, the only way to protect yourself from this scam is to refrain from returning calls from numbers you don’t recognize—particularly those from international numbers.