CAK director Chiloba warns of the return of Wangiri phone scam; How to protect yourself.
Communication Authority of Kenya, CAK director Chiloba warns of the return of Wangiri phone scam.
Speaking to the media, Chiloba stated that National Kenya Computer Incident Response Team Coordination Centre (National KE-CIRT/CC) had confirmed that several incidences of the scam.
He stated,“Wangiri phone scam occurs when scammers call your mobile phone, which rings once, and hang up before you can answer it.
“This type of scam originated from Japan and is popularly known as “one ring and cut” scam-wan means “one” and giri means “hang up” in Japanese,” he added.
The calls mostly start with +51 (Peru) and +64 (New Zealand) among many others.
He stated,”During the calls, users are made to listen to a recorded message so as to keep the caller connected. The longer the caller stays connected, the more money the scammers make.”
“In such a case, post-paid subscribers are likely to be unaware because they receive their bills at the end of the month. The pre-paid subscribers can only lose as much as their loaded credit,” read part of the statement.
How to protect yourself,
Avoid calling back the number and subsequently report the caller to protect other from falling victim.
CAK stated,”Members of the public are advised to contact the National KE-CIRT/CC via the email address [email protected] or through the dedicated hotlines +254703 042700, +254 730-172700 to report an incident or seek advice on cyber security.”