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Call-Back Scam Hitting Australia

Have you missed call from Tunisia lately? How about Cameroon?

If you have, you’re not alone. There’s been a huge wave of these phone calls hitting Australian mobiles recently. And here’s a hot tip – don’t call them back!

What these missed calls probably are is a call-back scam known as ‘Wangiri’ which translates from Japanese to “one ring and cut”. The scam works by leveraging the good phone etiquette of its victims. Scammers will call mobile numbers at random, and when a number is connected, they will disconnect the call after a few rings. 

 

When someone sees a missed call from an unknown number on their phone, they will return the call without realising the number carries a huge per-minute call rate (think psychic hotline or adult phone chat) as well as the higher than usual charges associated with international calls.

Once the call is connected the scammer will try and keep you on the line as long as possible, often telling you that you’ve won a large sum of money or that a family member has been seriously injured or killed. If you have received one of these calls, it does not mean your private information has been breached. Police believe that the mobile number generation is automated and calling numbers at random.

Keep in mind, it’s never a good idea to return calls from unknown international numbers.

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