FCC warns about calls from West African ’222′ country code

FCC warns about calls from West African ’222′ country code
Report any unwanted calls to your attorney general’s office and the FCC. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - If you’ve received a call from West Africa lately, you’re not the only one.

The Federal Communications Commission is now issuing a warning about late-night calls from the “222” country code, which is that of Mauritania, West Africa.

If you receive one of these calls don’t answer and don’t call back. The FCC says scammers are trying to defraud consumers through expensive call backs and toll charges.

The FCC says says consumers have reported waves of “One Ring” scam robocalls targeting specific area codes in bursts and often calling multiple times during the middle of the night.

The FCC offers these tips to protect yourself from phone scammers:

  • Do not return calls from numbers you do not recognize, especially those appearing to originate overseas.
  • File a complaint with the FCC if you received these calls: www.fcc.gov/complaints.
  • 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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