Angry on phone

(Meredith) -- The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to reported waves of "One Ring" or "Wangiri" scam robocalls. The scam involves letting the phone ring only once, and hoping the victim will call back. Consumers who do call the number back are met with per minute toll charges similar to a 900 number.

The FCC is warning consumers not to call back any unfamiliar numbers especially with foreign country codes. Recent reports indicate the scammers are using the "222" country code corresponding to the West African nation of Mauritania. The scammers are also reportedly calling the same home several times in a night.

For more information on the scam, visit the FCC website here.

Here are the FCC consumer tips to help avoid the scam:

• Do not call back numbers you do not recognize, especially those appearing to originate overseas.

• File a complaint with the FCC if you received these calls:

• If you never make international calls, consider talking to your phone company about blocking outbound international calls to prevent accidental toll calls.

• Check your phone bill for charges you don’t recognize.

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