The police say the scam, referred to as the “One Ring” scam, that originated in Japan – involves a a computer dialing a large number of mobile phone numbers at random.
If the recipient returns the call, they are then charged a premium rate.
In the wake of the scam, Technology Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley says international organizations have been contacted as the authorities work towards a solution.
The scam has resulted in local company, Digicel blocking some overseas phone numbers.
In a release on Sunday, the company said it is monitoring the situation and advised its customers to be on alert and not to return one ring calls from unfamiliar country codes that could result in hefty charges.
Digicel says if customers receive the calls they should hang up quickly and not share personal information.
Telecommunications provider – FLOW said it has activated its Anti-Fraud Team and will be blocking numbers which are found to be involved in the phone scam.
- Countries: Jamaica