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Beware Of The ‘One-Ring’ Scam. They Are Targeting Cellular Networks In Pakistan

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The notorious ‘one-ring’ scam has turned its attention towards Pakistan and is targeting the country’s cellular network with movies of stealing personal data and confidential details.

A number of people have complained on social media of calls from foreign numbers which cut the call after the first ring. This is ‘Wangiri’ or the ‘one-ring’ scam, which targets people using fake international numbers and networks.

Wangiri, having originated in Japan, means “one ring and disconnect” and enables scammers to generate robocalls to hundreds of thousands of consumers, Their main target is mobile devices.

It ends with a missed call notification on the receiving end, prompting the receiver to call back. Once and if a caller rings back, they are heavily charged for connecting the ball and in addition, pay significant per minute charges. They also risk exposing confidential data in the process.

The scam network has also targeted individuals in America, the United Kingdom and in several European countries.

How to avoid the scam?

  • • Don’t answer or return any calls from numbers you don’t recognize.
  • • Before calling unfamiliar numbers, check to see if the area code is international.
  • • If you do not make international calls, ask your phone company to block outgoing international calls on your line.

Such anonymous calls were first reported in 2012 by citizens in Australia.

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