FCC issues warning for expensive call back scam

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The Federal Communications Commission has issued a warning after several people have reported receiving “one-ring” robocalls.

The calls often come in the middle of the night and they call multiple times only allowing the phone to ring once.

The FCC said the calls are likely trying to get people to call the number back. When they do, they wind up paying per minute charges similar to a 900 number.

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The numbers may appear as U.S. area code, but some scammers use international numbers.

Some versions of this can leave a voicemail urging you to call a number to collect a prize or talks about a sick relative.

The FCC recommends the following to avoid this 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.
  • Always be cautious, even if a number appears authentic.


If you are billed for a call because of this scam, the FCC says try to resolve the matter with your phone provider.

You can file a complaint with the FCC at this link.