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BBB Officials Warn Of “One Ring” Telephone Scam

Posted at 2:12 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 18:34:39-04

(LEX 18) – The Better Business Bureau is warning residents to beware of the  “one ring” telephone scam.

FCC officials say that calling back to see who it is could result in per minute toll charges (much like “900” number calls). The FCC says these calls are using the “222” country code of the West African nation of Mauritania.

Generally, the “one ring” scam takes place when a robocaller calls a number and hangs up after a ring or two.  They may call repeatedly, hoping the consumer calls back and runs up a toll that is largely paid to the scammer.

“It is human nature to be annoyed enough, and curious enough, about the origin of a middle-of-the-night caller that you might call it back to see who it is,” said Heather Clary, Director of Communications for the BBB serving Central & Eastern Kentucky. “However, in this case, that could be an expensive decision.”

Tips for dealing with the “One Ring” call:

  • DON’T call back numbers you don’t recognize, especially those seeming to originate overseas.
  • If you receive one of these calls, file a complaint with the FCC at, and submit a report to BBB Scam Tracker at You can call BBB at (859) 259-1008 or 1-800-866-6668.
  • 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.