People finding scammy ways to make money and cause harm is nothing new. For ages, there have been always a section of people who make a living by tricking other people and getting away with it. This post tries to save you from one such scam being operated from Liberia based numbers – starting with +231.
Most likely you have landed on this post via Google or Twitter in an attempt to uncover details about a potential missed you received from a number starting with the International code +231. Hopefully, you did not fall victim of this scam and actually call back. But even if you did, I share a tip below to ensure you never get scammed again.
How does the +231 Premium CallBack scam work?
For anyone who hasn’t received such a call, this is how the scam rolls out. You get a missed call from an unknown number. This missed call starts with the international code +231 which is of Liberia and generally comes in at odd hours like late night or middle of the day i.e. a time when most like you will notice the call. Now when you check your phone and see the missed call notification, out of sheer habit you may just call back to understand who had called. And that’s exactly what the scammers want.
These calls mostly come in at odd times to make you feel you truly missed an important call. When actually these calls never last for more than 2 rings! These numbers are Premium numbers and the instant you call back, you get charged at premium rates. The price can range anywhere from Rs45-90 per minute. When you call in, there may be a voice saying something like – “Hello, you have reached the operator. Please hold.” or something else to make you wait longer. This way you end up paying a lot more for every second you hang out. By the time you disconnect you will realize either you are out of precious mobile balance or there is a bump in your monthly bill.
Update – Looks like Europe is the latest target with a lot of users getting calls from multiple numbers. Leave yours in the comment below if its not already on the list.
100+ of the scam numbers that have been reported by folks all over the world are:
* This list is being updated based on the numbers provided by folks in the comment section of this blog.
This list may not cover all numbers as these keep changing but essentially they are all with the same ISD code. If you have received one such call from a different number, add it here via comments below.
So what should you do?
This goes without saying – Do not call back any unknown numbers starting with +231.
But the bigger problem here is that there are scammers who keep calling from different numbers to trick you in different ways. The ShopIt4Me.com scam being one of them. Now how can you make sure that you already find out that the call in not genuine and save hard-earned money?
- Firstly, when you get a missed call from any unknown number – do not immediately call back.
- Similarly if you get a call from an unknown number who is offering you any kind of deal and congratulating you for being lucky – do not believe them.
- Once you get the missed call or you are done talking with the suspicious person, check if someone has reported the same as scam. These people use the same tricks on a lot of people and quite of few of them are reported online. To find out, there are two ways:
- Good old google. Simply google the number or the scheme. In your search string, add the word “Scam”.
- The other way is installing TrueCaller. TrueCaller is an app where you can mark any number as scam adding it to a global database and others will find the same. So you can simply search for the number and find details like the potential name, location of the call and if it has been flagged by others.
The above steps will take only a few mins but will save you from a pain and monetary loss. Stay cautious and do not fall for any too-good-to-be-true offers. Definitely, do not call back to that missed call number.
If you have suffered from this scam, please share your experience in the comments below to help others.
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