Published: May 23, 2019


THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND INSURANCE IS JOINING THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO HELP ALERT TENNESSEE CONSUMERS TO INCREASED REPORTS OF “ONE RING” SCAM ROBOCALLS TARGETING SPECIFIC AREA CODES IN BURSTS, OFTEN CALLING MULTIPLE TIMES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.  ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, WHILE THESE CALLS MIGHT APPEAR AS IF THEY’RE ORIGINATING FROM THE U.S., SCAMMERS USE SPOOFING TECHNIQUES TO MASK THEIR LOCATIONS AND TRUE IDENTITIES. IN REALITY, ONE-RING SCAMMERS USE INTERNATIONAL NUMBERS FROM REGIONS THAT ALSO BEGIN WITH THREE-DIGIT CODES. ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY ALLOW MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF CALLS TO BE MADE CHEAPLY AND EASILY. GENERALLY, THE ONE-RING SCAMS TAKE PLACE WHEN A ROBOCALLER CALLS A NUMBER AND HANGS UP AFTER A RING OR TWO. THEY MAY CALL REPEATEDLY, HOPING THE CONSUMER RETURNS THE CALL. IF CONSUMERS RETURN THE CALLS, THEY RISK BEING CONNECTED TO A PHONE NUMBER OUTSIDE THE U.S. AS A RESULT, CONSUMERS MAY BE CHARGED A FEE FOR CONNECTING, ALONG WITH SIGNIFICANT PER-MINUTE FEES FOR AS LONG AS A CONSUMER STAYS ON THE PHONE. TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE FCC IF YOU RECEIVED THESE CALLS: WWW.FCC.GOV/COMPLAINTS.