There are many different scams coming from these phone numbers. Some are associated with certain area codes.
Here are some of the more common phone scams to be aware of:
🚨 The one ring scam
This is where the scammer uses a robocaller to phone your number and hang up before you can answer. The aim of the scam is to get you to call the phone number back, at which point you’ll be automatically connected to a premium-rate phone number. You could be immediately charged as much as $50 and you probably won’t realize until your bill arrives.
Because they use robocallers, scammers are able to make thousands of these kinds of calls in just a few minutes. Chances are at least some of these people will call back.
Sometimes you’ll hear a warning of the higher charge rate when you call one of these numbers.
But more often, you won’t. The best indication of a genuine call is if the caller has left a message. If they haven’t, it’s probably a mistake or a scam. You can also search for the number online. If it’s a scam, there will likely be plenty of people posting warnings.
🚨 Ring and run
In this phone scam, the victim receives a call where the scammer claims there is an emergency regarding a friend or a relative of yours. They usually claim to work for an organization trying to help that person.
They may ask you to pay money to help that person. Or they may ask you to call them back. Similar to the one-ring scam, the number they call back is a high-cost line that is charged per minute.
Most people won’t be fooled. But if you are worried, contact the person supposedly in trouble from another phone to see if they really are in trouble.
🚨 Work-at-home scams
These phone scams usually offer the chance to work for yourself, earn lots of money and enjoy job flexibility. However, they usually ask you to pay an upfront fee or provide lots of personal data.
In reality, the job is fake. The scammer will take your money and run or use your personal details to commit fraud or hack your accounts. This kind of phone scam is often associated with calls from Jamaica.
🚨 General unsolicited calls
There are two main types of unsolicited calls:
- Someone falsely claiming to be from an organization and offering assistance that you didn’t ask for.
- Someone trying to get your bank details by pretending to sell you something—usually something that is too good to be true.
A good example of the former is calls from people posing as IT support agents and claiming that your computer has a virus. They will often trick people into giving them money to fix the fabricated problem.