Officials: Beware Sierra Leone ‘one ring’ robocallers
DALLAS – If you are one of the many people who has gotten a late-night call from Sierra Leone, don’t be tempted to call the number back.
The Federal Communications Commission is warning people about a reported wave of the so-called “one ring” or “Wangiri” scam.
Robocallers allegedly target specific area codes in bursts and often call multiple times in the middle of the night. They hang up after one or two rings.
Their goal is to get people to call them back, which often results in a toll that is paid to the scammer.
The FCC said recently the calls have been coming from a 222 or 232 country code, which are the West African countries of Mauritania and Sierra Leone.
Many North Texas residents have complained about receiving repeated calls from Sierra Leone throughout the night.