What to do if you're getting scam phone calls?

Updated / Thursday, 9 Nov 2017 16:16

3 Apps to Block Scam Phone Calls

Recently, Ireland has been plagued with scam phone calls as part of the Wangiri fraud. If you've been getting some unwelcome calls, here are a few things you can do about it.

Essentially, an unknown number calls your phone but quickly hangs up, leaving you with a missed call notification. If you ring back, the call will drain your phone of credit or leave you with a pricey bill.

Apps
There are countless apps available on the internet that claim to block unwanted scam callers. We found three that are both free and have a review rating of 4 out 5 stars or higher.

Hiya claims to identify the important calls you want to take and blocks numbers that you want to avoid. The current version has been given 4.5 stars by users.

Mr. Number: Call Block & Reverse Lookup calls itself the industry-leading solution to identifying and blocking spam and fraud calls. The current version has been given 4.5 stars by users.

Truecaller: Caller ID, SMS spam blocking & Dialer aims to identify unknown calls, block spam calls and spam SMS. The current version has been given 4.5 stars by users.

Ireland has been plagued with scam phone calls as part of the Wangiri fraud

Country Codes
Unfortunately, there is not just one specific country code to look out for. 
Reported numbers have come from Liberia (+231), Nauru (+674), Mauritania (+222), Chad (+235) and more.

Alison Spittle: "00224660009206 got a call off this number from Guinea, put me on hold telling me to wait while I was put through to a financial advisor. WTF"

Be wary of multiple calls/missed calls

Top Tips
According to ComReg, Ireland’s communications regulator, there is no way to identify a scam call number, as "they can resemble a very normal, familiar, geographical or international number". However, they have shared some top tips to follow.