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El Pasoans report mysterious calls from Russian

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - There is a good chance you or someone you know may have received a call from Russia over the past few days.

Recently, a large population in El Paso got the mysterious call. In most cases, it's been a missed call or the person answers and no one is on the other line.

Technology experts are calling it a "One Ring Scam." We caught up with a local coffee shop that said most customers Tuesday morning got the same call within a one-hour time frame.

"Well it just sort of created a bunch of conspiracy theories. We were all wondering if it had something to do with influencing the election and are they trying to hack into our bank statements and password," said Epheraim Vivar the general manager at Podium Finish Sport Boutique & Café.

Experts said the person who is calling you is trying to get you to call back. If you do call back, they'll transfer the call to another very expensive number. The longer you stay on the call, the more money you'll be charged; they'll try to keep you on longer by playing music.

The calls are not just coming from Russian numbers, but also from various foreign countries.

That is not the only way schemers are using technology to try to take something from you. In late April, the FBI warned a foreign hacker is trying to get information through home routers.

"The damage part is mostly listening to conversations on the network. So if you're logging on to accounts, they can basically sit there and monitor what you're putting in. So credentials can be lost and data can be logged," said Nils Desmet the CEO at Makios Technology, a computer consulting company.

The company said people should reboot routers to factory settings.

Read the warning and tips the FBI released last month by clicking here.

Find out more on how One Ring Calls work by clicking here.


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