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Avoiding Telecom Fraud- Part II: Wangiri Scams (How to Stay Safe)

In today's interconnected world, telephone scams have evolved, and one such prevalent scam is the 'Wangiri' scam. The term 'Wangiri' is derived from the Japanese words for 'one ring and cut,' reflecting the scam's modus operandi. Usually, criminals employ cunning tactics to manipulate individuals into dialing premium rate numbers, resulting in unsuspecting victims incurring exorbitant charges. This blog delves into the depths of the Wangiri scam, explores its signs, and equips you with proactive measures to shield yourself from falling victim.

Understanding the Wangiri Scam: A Deceptive Trap

The Wangiri scam is a well-orchestrated ploy designed to exploit individuals' curiosity and lack of awareness. It typically begins with an unrecognized missed call on your phone. The caller intends for you to return the call, thereby initiating the scam. However, this seemingly innocuous action can lead to grave consequences, as you'll be redirected to a premium rate number. Subsequently, you'll find yourself burdened with hefty charges for a call you never intended to make.

Recognizing the Signs: Shielding Yourself

Awareness is the first line of defense against Wangiri scams. To protect yourself, stay vigilant for these red flags:

  • Odd Timing: Scammers often target their victims during nighttime hours or busy work schedules, aiming to exploit reduced call-answer probabilities.

  • Unusual Country Code: Be cautious of calls displaying unfamiliar international country codes, especially if they're unrelated to your contacts or anticipated calls.

  • Single-Ring Strategy: Scammers rely on a single ring, hoping to trigger your curiosity and entice you to call back.

Taking Action: Safeguarding Your Finances

Unfortunately, there isn't much you might be able to do to stop Wangiri calls from new numbers. The best thing you can do is remain alert, so you don’t become a victim of the scam. If you do receive a call from a suspected Wangiri number, the best defense is vigilance combined with proactive measures as below:

  • Don't Call Back: If you receive a missed call from an unknown number, resist the urge to call back, even if curiosity gnaws at you.

  • Block the number: so the fraudsters won’t be able to call you again from that particular number.

  • Educate Family and Friends: Spread awareness about Wangiri scams among your loved ones to collectively strengthen defenses against such schemes.

  • Inform Your Phone Operator: If you notice repeated instances of such calls, inform your phone operator. They can take preventive steps to mitigate potential risks.

Tascom: Your Partner in Protection

At Tascom, we go the extra mile for your security. Here's how we do it:

  • Transparent Call Previews: You have the power to see call rates and costs before you even dial. No surprises, just complete control.

  • Smart Blocking Technology: Our advanced algorithms work tirelessly to detect and block those tricky premium-rate numbers associated with revenue-sharing fraud. No more dialing them accidentally.

  • Proactive Protection: We're on a mission to prevent any unwanted calls to deceptive numbers, ensuring you're shielded from unexpected charges.

On the whole, Stay tuned to our blog for more updates on cybersecurity, communication solutions, and everything you need to know to navigate the modern world with confidence. Since your safety is our priority, You have Tascom's promise to stand by you.


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