Aussie News Gives Silly Wangiri Advice

Because you are a pro, you know that wangiri is Japanese for “one cut” and the fraud works because the victim sees they have a missed call and then impulsively dials back. So can you spot what is wrong with this article from news.com.au?

Getting incessant phone calls from a foreign land? Even if you’re a worldly character, think twice before picking up.

If it’s an unknown number with an unusual country code, you probably shouldn’t answer and certainly don’t call back because it will end up costing you. It’s likely that such calls are something known as a “wangiri scam” after a Japanese word which loosely translates to “one ring and cut”.

Unless they dramatically change the way phone billing works in Australia, accepting an inbound call guarantees you will not be the victim of a wangiri scam. And whilst scary stories are good for lazy journalists, the world has built a wonderfully complete and interoperable phone network precisely because we want people to be able to make calls from anywhere, to anywhere. Frightening people into never answering an unfamiliar number would spoil everything!

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Chief Executive of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.