Get a one-ring call? Don’t call back.

May 7, 2019
by Michael Atleson
Acting Assistant Director, Division of Consumer & Business Education


A while back, we warned you about the “one ring” scam. That’s when you get a phone call from a number you don’t know, and the call stops after just one ring. The scammer is hoping you’ll call back, because it’s really an international toll number and will appear as a charge on your phone bill — with most of the money going to the scammer. Well, the scam is back with a vengeance, and the FCC just issued a new advisory about it. Read the FCC’s advisory for more detail, but the advice from both agencies remains the same if you get one of these calls:

  • Don’t call back
  • Report the robocall to the FTC at and to the FCC at
  • Always check your phone bill for suspicious or unusual charges

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