Truth of this ‘missed call’ message

There is a rumor message spreading across Facebook today and many of our Nepalese community opinion leaders sharing in their circle. The message states that people have been receiving calls from foreign suspicious numbers starting from +375, +371, +563, +370, +255 and +381 as a missed call. The message further warns that if you call back to those ‘‘one ring and Hang up’’ numbers you will be charged hefty fees something from $15 to $30.

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Mid-Day published this photo along with a story on the topic on June 13, 2012, dateline from Mumbai.

The message includes the line states, ‘they can copy your contact list in 3secs. If you have a bank or Credit Card details on your phone, they can copy that too’ the most fearsome for mobile phone users who keep their card details and personal information. We do this in our smartphone normally. Widely circulated message also provides information about the country of that ‘one ring & hang up’ call origin of those aforementioned suspicious numbers, +375 is from Belarus Afghanistan, +371 code for Latvia, +381 code for Serbia, +563 code for Valparaiso, +370 code for Vilnius and +255 code for Tanzania.

But, do not scare with the meaning of the circulated message, it’s not that risky as mentioned on circulated message. The truth of the message is quite different than what we have seen on Facebook sharing. The fact-check site Snopes says it greatly exaggerated rating it ‘mostly false’.Truth of this ‘missed call’ message -NepaliPage

Fact Check site Snopes Collected the same message via the Internet in April 2016 and published fact behind the message on 2 June 2015. 

The event and warning for the ‘one ring & hang up’ call circulated today is not the new one. Snopes checked its fact based on the message and published the precision on 2 June 2015, says ‘Warnings of a ‘one-ring scam’ in which telephone customers return hang-up calls from foreign phone numbers and get charged hefty fees are greatly exaggerated.’ 

 Fact Check site Snopes finding 

Truth of this ‘missed call’ message -NepaliPage

In June 2012, the same message was floating in India over social media, was reads, “Guys, please take this very seriously. People have been receiving calls from a +375 number and disconnecting after a single ring. If you call back, it’s one of those numbers that you will be charged $15-30 and they will copy your contact list within three seconds and if you have your bank or credit card details, they will copy that too. Don’t pick up these calls.”

Mid-Day reported it quoting people who received such calls. Mid-Day has concluded its story with quoting Vijay Mukhi, an IT expert with the statement that says it’s impossible to copy someone’s contacts and card details from a phone call advising people to never call back to those numbers.

What is shared over Facebook Today




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Writer : Madan Mani

Madan Mani holds Master’s Degree in Software Engineering from Federation University, Australia. Before landing Sydney, he was involved in Teaching and Journalism in Nepal also holds Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

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