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Clare phone users being targeted by ‘wangiri’ scam

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MOBILE phone users in Clare have been targeted by the ‘wangiri’ phone scam.

People in Clare have reported getting missed calls from international numbers with the prefix +247, +269, or +235. It is part of a scam designed to trick people into phoning back at premium rates.

Comreg is advising people that returning calls to unknown international numbers can be costly and urged consumers to exercise caution when they receive a missed call from such numbers.

A spokesperson for the Irish Cellular Industry Association has said that action has now been taken to combat the scam. “To protect customers against Wangiri, operators in the Irish market have implemented controls which allow mobile providers to block their customers from calling these numbers back.”

Stuart Holly is the editor and co-founder of The Clare Echo. A native of Ennis, Stuart studied at St Flannan's College before obtaining a journalism degree in Dublin. After interning at The Evening Herald, he landed his first job with The Irish Daily Mail, Stuart worked in newspaper production with the Independent Group and in Auckland, New Zealand before a lengthy spell as a pun-spewing sub-editor at the Irish Daily Star. In 2015, Stuart returned to The Banner County where he took up employment as a news reporter with The Clare People.

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