Timeframe: Resolved: Phone Scam Alert - Monday 9 April 2018, 9:00am - Monday 23rd April 2018
Description: If you've been hung up by a mystery international number, don't call back!
A fraud type called Wangiri Fraud (Japanese: One Ring) has increased in New Zealand over the last 12 months.
It is a phenomenon that is increasing among most telecommunications companies around the world at the moment and relies on people calling the number back so they are then billed at a premium rate. For example, a common number is +881 or +882 which are satellite numbers billed at $18.50 per minute. Countries such as Cuba, and Tunisia with high termination rates are also becoming common.
The advice is if you don't recognise the number, don't call it back.
Please contact the ITS Service Desk if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org, ext 8888 or 0800 479 888)
ITS Service Desk Reference: R170865