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Monday, January 16, 2012

New Area Code Scams

I don't always pass on things like this - unless its been verified and it does appear that this is true. Please PLEASE be aware of the latest SCAM so that you can protect yourself.

New Area Code - PLEASE READ Be sure you read this and pass it on.

809 Area Code

We actually received a call last week from the 809 area code. The woman said 'Hey, this is Karen. Sorry I missed you- get back to us quickly. I have something important to tell you.' Then she repeated a phone number beginning with 809. We did not respond. Then this week, we received the following e-mail:

Do Not DIAL AREA CODE 809, 284, AND 876

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION PROVIDED TO US BY AT&T. DON'T EVER DIAL AREA CODE 809

This one is being distributed all over the US ... This is pretty scary, especially given the way they try to get you to call.

Be sure you read this and pass it on.

They get you to call by telling you that it is information about a family member who has been ill or to tell you someone has been arrested, died, or to let you know you have won a wonderful prize, etc..
In each case, you are told to call the 809 number right away. Since there are so many new area codes these days, people unknowingly return these calls.

If you call from the U.S., you will apparently be charged $2425 per-minute.

Or, you'll get a long recorded message. The point is, they will try to keep you on the phone as long as possible to increase the charges.

WHY IT WORKS:

The 809 area code is located in the Dominican Republic .
The charges afterward can become a real nightmare. That's because you did actually make the call. If you complain, both your local phone company and your long distance carrier will not want to get involved and will most likely tell you that they are simply providing the billing for the foreign company. You'll end up dealing with a foreign company that argues they have done nothing wrong.

Please forward this entire message to your friends, family and colleagues to help them become aware of this scam.

AT&T VERIFIES IT'S TRUE :http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=6045

SNOPES VERIFIES IT'S TRUE: snopes.com: 809 Area Code Scam

5 comments:

Lynette said...

thanks for the heads up

Sam Buck said...

Many thanks for the warning!
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~Sam
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john4seo said...

Ebates Scam
They get you to call by telling you that it is information about a family member who has been ill or to tell you someone has been arrested, died, or to let you know you have won a wonderful prize, etc..
In each case, you are told to call the 809 number right away. Since there are so many new area codes these da ys, people unknowingly return these calls.

john4seo said...

Ebates Scam
Originally Posted by Sphinx View Post. Area code 347 is an overlay in New York City. We've seen a few scammers in that area.

Ebates Scam said...

Area code 347 is an overlay in New York City. We've seen a few scammers in that area.