Ignore international calls, mobile companies warn

Ignore international calls, mobile companies warn

Customers are being told to ignore the unknown calls received from international numbers.

Digicel and Bmobile customers have been complaining that they are receiving calls by numbers from The Maldives (+960), South Africa (+27), Slovenia (+386) and Belgium (+32). In most cases, the calls are cut after one ring on purpose. A representative from Digicel said that this strategy bates customers into calling back, the result of which causes customers’ phone bills to increase of decrease the money on their phone. This type of activity is known as Wangiri, a type of fraud which originated in Japan years ago.

A blog post suggested that persons should not return the calls as fraudsters would be able to access contact lists and credit card information stored on their phones. However, there is no way to know for certain that such information can be gleaned, and some are refuting the warning as a chain mail since it ends with an “URGENTLY FORWARD” warning

Representatives from both service providers are actively working to block the calls when they are detected.