AN OFFICIAL alert from Three reveals the dangers of a sinister scam called “Wangiri”.
It can strike at any time and generate huge bills – draining your bank to the benefit of cyber crooks.
A Three Security memo reveals how the scam is targeting customers around the world.
But luckily, it’s easy to protect yourself when you know the warning signs.
Three warned that the scam was so serious that “it could result in you seriously missing out on cash”.
“’Wangiri’ is a Japanese word meaning ‘a ring and put down’. And a Wangiri call does just that,” explained Three.
“Usually calls will drop as soon as the phone rings and leave a message about a missed call from an international or unusual number.
“It can be tempting to call back – you want to find out who called, don’t you?
“But if you do, there’s a good chance you’ll be redirected to an expensive, premium service.”
Many cellular services — including Three — actively block these calls.
But Three admits some might slip through the net, and that’s why you need to know what to do.
The best advice is never to take unexpected calls from international or unusual numbers.
According to Three, if you miss such a call, don’t be tempted to call her back.
They might even leave a voicemail asking for a call back.
But if it seems suspicious, it’s best to just ignore it.
You can report these ominous calls by sending CALL to number 7726.
And then you can reply with the number you are getting these harassing calls from and start an investigation.