You’ve probably seen the posts about it in your news feed by now, or perhaps you’ve personally been called by this random phone number named Vanuatu.
Everyone’s talking about it, but no one’s actually explaining what’s happening.
Vanuatu Phone Scamhttps://t.co/LQbRZUVmPO
— Francis D'Alfonso (@francisdalfo) July 5, 2017
Here’s everything you need to know.
First of all, if you receive a call from a number that starts with the area code 678, DO NO ANSWER AND DO NOT CALL BACK.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s find out what these calls are and where they are they coming from. The calls are coming from The Republic of Vanuatu, which an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean.
The scam works by calling you, letting the phone ring once or twice, then they wait for you to call them back.
Only you’re actually calling back a premium rate number that’s charging you by the minute. Some people have been charged up to $8 USD per minute by a Vanuatu phone number.
If you’re unsure about a number, you can always Google it to find out where it’s coming from, and make sure to check your phone bill if you have been receiving calls from a 678 area code.
Story by Radio-canada.ca
A type of telephone fraud, which has already affected many Quebeckers, continues to scam its victims. His name is Wangiri, which means “ringing” in Japanese. But there is no reason to panic, because it is obviously easy to thwart you when you know it.
Crypto.Québec, a non-profit organization specializing in computer security, issued a warning this week on its Facebook page.
Fraude téléphonique : méfiez-vous des appels du Vanuatu https://t.co/U6ph9ntgnx J’y ajouterai personnellement les Îles Samoa…
— Frédéric Arnould (@FredericArnould) July 5, 2017
It explains that scammers call their victim, leave a miscall or two and wait for the victims to call back, ‘human curiosity obliges’, one can read. The scammer lose nothing in this new trick because the victim is then charged exorbitant fees for making an international call.
According to Crypto.Québec, the most recent attack of this scam type seems to come from an island of Vanuatu, a small island state located in the south of the Pacific, east of Australia.
What if you get caught?
If you receive a call from a number you think is from the suspects, the best thing to do is not answer and avoid redialing or sending a text message,” says Sophie Thériault, Co-Director of Communications at Crypto.Quebec.
“The suspects number must be reported to the telephone service provider, who will take the necessary steps to deal with it and to communicate with the authorities concerned,” the specialist suggests.
— SpecialMomentsDecor (@kiesm) July 5, 2017
If, however, you realize a little too late that you have fallen in the panel, Crypto.Québec recommends contacting the Canada Anti-Fraud Center in addition to your telephone service provider.
“These frauds are more and more frequent, but they are mostly seen as ‘waves’,” says Thériault. This is why education is the best form of prevention to counteract it, hence our doubts and cautions are anchored habits, avoiding the scammers from getting caught.”
There are reports of different Digicel Vanuatu numbers used, and also other countries have also encountered the scam according to complaints on twitter.[smartslider3 slider=5] Some of the reports captured on twitter.
Story from www.francoischarron.com
Fraud! You receive a call from Vanuatu, area code +678, what to do?
Thousands of Quebeckers are currently targeted by a new type of telephone fraud that could quickly inflate their next cell phone bill.
The scam in question is very simple: one tries to make you dial a pay phone number that works like astrology or erotic conversation lines.
The first step is to make your phone ring: you receive a call from Vanuatu, Melanesia, with a number resembling +678 559 4637.
Calls from other countries have also been received, but the ‘modus operandi’ remains the same, the idea is not to talk to you, because the line is cut quickly. What you are trying to do is make you call back the number as many do when they get a missed call from an unrecognized number.
Since this is a genuine call, every minute will be charged to you. There is someone at the other end whose only mission is to keep you online as long as possible to make as much money as possible.
– Yes, hello you called me?
– One minute, I’ll check
** long delay **
– What is your number?
** long delay **
– Wait a few more minutes, I’ll check
A person recalling a number this time located in Maryland ended up participating in a contest on the phone to win a cruise to the Bahamas.
The questions asked are fairly easy and you really feel like a good player and have a chance to win. You are asked for example the name of the singer associated with the word ” Purple ”. You answer ” Prince ”, hear a beep sounding a good answer and press a key to go to the next question. You spend long minutes online again.
You do not know how much you charge per minute, but it would be surprising if your service provider would not charge you. After all, you called this number.
Shocking is not it ?! And fraudsters are not satisfied with just one try: some people have reported receiving up to 10 calls in a single day! They are stubborn!
What to do if you receive these calls
If you see the numbers +678 appear on your display? Do not answer and save it as scam!
If you have done so, contact your service provider to find out how they can help, including blocking this number.
Share the information in your network to prevent your contacts from getting caught and remain alert, as this kind of scam is becoming more and more present.
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