Know Wangiri, Fraud impersonate “Missed Call” from abroad

Getting a phone call from a foreign number is a common thing, especially if we have a relationship there. However, what should be wary of is if the number is foreign and unknown. Because this could be a premium call-based fraud mode.


This fraud mode is known to have consumed quite a lot of victims in various countries. In February in Australia, a number of mobile operator users reported a mysterious phone call from an international number. Based on the country code prefix, these numbers are suspected to come from Congo, Papua New Guinea, Belgium, to Africa.

A similar incident occurred in New Zealand. report mentions, at the beginning of 2017 and the community there “terrorized” many times by missed calls alias missed call from abroad. In fact, according to reports, the “terror” can occur up to more than twice a day in the adjacent period.

Scam mode of this kind was not a new thing, even reportedly has started circulating since the early 2000s. This premium phone-based fraud is better known as the term wangiri, from a Japanese word meaning “missed call”.

This fraud mode is allegedly derived from the “Land of the Rising Sun”. In 2002, Japan was hit by a massive missed scam storm to the extent that mobile operators there are overwhelmed to handle this phenomenon. From here the term wangiri then appeared and used until now.

Based on information from one of the mobile operators in Japan, wangiri is a fraudulent scheme that targets mobile users at random.

The perpetrator makes thousands of random calls on mobile numbers in different countries with only one missed call. Perpetrators take advantage of human behavior that addicted to cell phones at that time. That way, it is expected there are victims who are curious about this missed call then make a callback.

This is where the perpetrators drain the victim. If the victim makes a callback on the number, the victim will be charged a premium rate so that his phone bill will be booming. These bills are then signed on to the perpetrator.