UAE-based telecom operators have warned residents not to return missed calls from unknown international numbers as some of them are part of a known fraud that makes money from victims.
The ‘Wangiri Fraud’ method makes money when their victims call back on the expensive numbers.
As explained by Gulf News, victims get charged with a large amount of money while on the call, ‘which usually has a pre-recorded message or tone designed to keep the caller connected for long periods of time.’
In Japanese, Wangiri means one ring and cut, which is the exact method used by the scammers.
Scammers get money when they share revenue with the telecom operator for the premium connection.
The Wangiri Fraud method usually takes place in countries where taking and using connections is less regulated, such as Nauru and Liberia.
Apart from getting an expensive bill at the end of the call, these fraudsters can also access one’s data and could use phishing techniques to defraud victims once again.
Scams like this can be reported by calling 901, or via du or Etisalat.