How to protect yourself from the Wangiri ‘missed call’ scam

African American woman shocked what she sees on mobile phone

Mobile phone scams are on the rise but it's not always easy to recognise fraudsters' new tactics.

There's one mobile phone scam that has recently been catching out a large number of unsuspecting victims – it's called the Wangiri scam. This tactic sees fraudsters dialling from an overseas number then immediately disconnecting the call in the hope that the target will ring back. Victims that do return the call are redirected through an International Premium Rate service, which can cost a fortune for every minute that the call is connected. Some of these calls remain connected - even once the unsuspecting person hangs up - resulting even more charges.

How to avoid falling victim:

  • Don't call back an overseas number unless you're familiar with it
  • Avoid answering the phone from an overseas number which you don't recognise
  • Let your mobile phone operator know if you've received any suspicious calls


If you think that you've been a victim of fraud you should report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or via their online reporting tool.

You can find out more about reporting an incident to Action Fraud and why it's so important here.

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