Kenya’s communications regulator has issued an alert about “the resurgence of a missed international call scam”.
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) said it received reports about the resurgence of ”Wangiri, an international call scam”.
It said the scam was first reported in the country in January 2018, which involves victims receiving brief or missed calls from unknown international phone numbers.
“The scheme is designed to lure phone users into returning the ‘urgent’ international calls,” the CA said on Twitter on Thursday (10 May).
“The phone users are unknowingly redirected to premium numbers that drain their air time.”
The authority warned Kenyans not to call back any international numbers that they don’t recognise.
The CA further said that most of the scam calls bear the codes : +41 (Switzerland), +963 (Syria), +252 (Somalia) and +37 (Latvia).
Caller ID provides some protection against unwanted calls, but can still be turned off by the calling party.
Even where end-user Caller ID is not available, calls are still logged, both in billing records at the originating telecommunications company.