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What is Wangiri Fraud? Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Kenya advisory on new online scam

What is Wangiri Fraud? What should you do if you get a suspected Wangiri call? Learn how to protect yourself from cyber criminals through the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Kenya advisory on a new online scam.


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What is Wangiri fraud?

It entails receiving missed calls from international numbers you don’t recognise on a mobile/fixed-line phone. The fraudsters generating the calls hope that their expensive international numbers will be called back so that they can profit.

The term Wangiri is Japanese for “one (ring) and cut.” And as the name would imply, it’s a genuinely international scam, with victims distributed across the world. Warnings about the scam have appeared in Kenyan, the U.K., Canadian, Irish, and New Zealand media, among others.

One Ring to Rule Them All

Wangiri Scam relies upon ones innate curiosity. Many people would instinctively return a missed call, even from a mysterious international number. And the repetitive nature of the scam adds to the intrigue and pressure.

The aim of the scam is to encourage those who get a missed call to ring the number, after which they will be ripped off as the call will be re-routed to premium rate number overseas & will be subsequently billed exorbitant sums for listening to pre-recorded messages.

What should you do if you get a suspected Wangiri call?

If you receive calls like this, be assured that you haven’t been specifically targeted. It’s likely that the fraudster has generated a missed call to a whole range of mobile numbers that happens to include yours.

We recommend that you don’t return calls to international numbers that you don’t recognise. Calls to Wangiri numbers will often result in a charge being incurred and encourage the fraudster to generate more missed calls to customers who choose to call back

This article is put together from a series of tweets by the official twitter account for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Kenya. Read full Twitter Thread, follow DCI Kenya on Twitter.


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