Beware the missed call scam

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THE GUARDIA CIVIL have issued an announcement warning citizens not to call back if a call from a number with any of the following prefixes is received: 355 Albania, 225 Ivory Coast, 233 Ghana or 234 Nigeria.

“The missed call scam is back and usually uses these prefixes,” read the official line. “If you find a call on your phone which starts with one of these numbers be careful and don’t call back!”

The scam is relatively simple; when a phone owner spots a missed call from an unknown number and returns it, he or she is connected to a ‘special tariff’ number, the proceeds from which are shared between the national and international operators plus the scammer(s).

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