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MRFC Closely Monitor International Phone Scam

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) along with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), in coordination with local law enforcement, are closely monitoring reports of local numbers receiving calls from international numbers beginning in +881.

In what is referred to as a “Wangiri” fraud, a Japanese word meaning ‘one ring and drop,’ the missed call from an international number prompts people to return the missed call. It is likely a “Wangiri” fraud, a scam that routes people to a premium rate service that can automatically charge the customer.

We cannot confirm if this is in fact a Wangiri scam but are continuing to analyze.  The following are important tips to keep in mind:
·         Do not answer any unexpected calls from international or unusual numbers.
·         If you have a missed call from an international or unusual number, do not be tempted to call back

Residents are advised to report any suspicious activity or social media posts relating to the fraudulent scam to the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/ or email teammrfc@mlrin.org or call 475-0400, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.”

For more information, please contact the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense Public Affairs Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


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