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Wangiri phone fraud: Be careful!

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If you get a call from an unknown number that disconnects after a couple of rings, or if you receive a text message telling you to call an international number right away, don’t call back! This is a phone scam called Wangiri that is spreading like wildfire around the world and it can cost you.

 

“Wangiri” means “one (ring) and cut” in Japanese. The call disconnects quickly and you are tempted to call back. Similarly, if you receive an alarming text message instructing you to call a foreign number, you may be curious and place the call. However, if you do, you will be placed on hold and the charges start piling up.

 

Our advice is to never call back an international number if you don’t know who it is.

  

If you do get scammed, you can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre as well as your telephone provider.

 

Watch out!