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OCID partners with INTERPOL, EUROPOL to probe Wangiri or one-ring scam

Published:Monday | July 3, 2017 | 7:56 AM

A high level probe has been launched into the Wangiri or one-ring scam that has affected some mobile subscribers to the Digicel network.

Head of the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Clifford Chambers, says local investigators have joined forces with INTERPOL and EUROPOL in probing the telecommunication fraud.

 

Head of the Organised Crime Investigation Division, ACP Clifford Chambers

ACP Chambers says Jamaica is not the only country affected by the scam and this has enabled local investigators to work with its international partners to track the trend and identify the perpetrators behind it.

He says OCID has also been working closely with the Technology Ministry, as well as the local telecoms to mitigate the effects of the scam on local mobile users.

Meanwhile, the OCID head is urging mobile users to remain vigilant to minimise the fallout from the scam.

In recent days, Digicel users have complained of receiving calls from what appears to be Polish telephone numbers, which prompt them to call back.

Upon returning the call unsuspecting mobile users are levied with hefty charges.

Both Digicel and Flow have since advised mobile users not to respond to prompts from strange numbers and to end calls immediately in the event that they redial the overseas number.