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A warning from WXYZ television in Michigan addresses “The One Ring Phone Scam.”

In the middle of the night, one telephone ring awakens you. Most people say they are concerned and become nervous for a loved one. Who else would call at 3 a.m.? Why only one ring? Your mind races and you reach for your phone to call the number back.

The Federal Communications Commission recently put out the warning that if you call back, you run a risk of being connected to a number outside the United States. The exorbitant charge per-minute fees are much like those of a 900 number. You will not be aware of this until you receive your enormous phone bill. Most complaints to the FCC indicate a 222 country code, originating in West Africa.

The FCC recommends that if you receive a one ring call, do not call the number back. Know that the scammers will call you in the middle of the night. They hope you think that a loved one may be in some sort of trouble.

When you receive your phone bill and see the charges, you may call your carrier and request to have the charges erased. If you receive a One Ring Scam in the middle of the night, and you call that number back, notify your carrier of the call as soon as business hours begin in the morning. Tell them that you believe it to be a scam.

If your carrier/provider will not work with you, you may file a complaint with the FCC at 1-888-225-5322. If you have a computer, go into The FCC wants to hear from you. So far the majority of people being impacted live in New York and Arizona.

Call the Pima County Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers with information about scams and frauds. To contact the Scam Squad directly, 9 am to noon Monday through Friday, call (520) 351-6715, or email: To report suspicious activity or a particular incident of fraud (which is a scam involving a loss of money) call (520) 351-4900.

If you are interested in becoming a Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteer, please email for an application or call (520) 351-6746.

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