Wednesday 15 August 2018

Missed a call from a +231 number? This is why you shouldn't phone them back

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Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

The public have been warned about a new phone scam that could end up costing them a fortune.

Many people have said they are getting missed calls from numbers with the international dial codes +231 (Liberia) or +235 (Chad).

The calls usually only last for a couple of rings and generally happen either during the night or early in the morning, reportedly so that people may be concerned that it urgent.

This is known as the Premium CallBack scam, as anyone who rings the number will be charged a premium number.

They may also get through to a voice message claiming to be an "operator", which is said to be a scheme bid to keep people on the line for longer.

ComReg has issued the following advice:

• Avoid answering calls from numbers that you cannot identify, especially if you are not expecting a call.

• Hang up immediately, on calls where there appears to be no recipient on the other end.

• Be wary of multiple calls being received from the same number.

• Do not call back any number that leaves you a blank voicemail message.

• Do not provide any personal information for example – banking details/PPS number/credit card details/name and address/passport number etc.

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