Wangiri call scams are calls from international numbers you don’t recognise and it’s a scam that could leave you seriously out of pocket.
WHAT IS A WANGIRI SCAM?
The word ‘Wangiri’ is Japanese and means ‘one ring and drop’. It’s basically what’s known in the UK, as a ‘drop call’. Calls usually cut off just as the phone rings, leaving a missed call notification from an unfamiliar number with the intention of playing on your curiosity. If you do happen to take the bait, you’ll be routed to an expensive, premium rate service.
Phone companies have taken the initiative to invest in intelligence systems to proactively screen incoming calls for fraudulent numbers and are automatically blocking numbers known to be used for fraud.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF?
If you get an unexpected call from an unknown, international or unusual number, here are some simple steps that you can take to protect yourself from Wangiri fraud:
1. Don’t answer any unexpected calls from unknown, international or unusual numbers.
2. DO NOT CALL BACK.
3. Contact your service provider with the number you’re receiving nuisance calls from.
If you’d like to know more about mobile phone fraud, visit Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre.