Phone scam

Just received this email today:

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

809 Area Code

The person i got this from 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:

Just a heads up…please pass this information along to your friends.

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Comments

  1. Actually, according to Snopes this is only partly true. Yes, dialing 809 can be a scam & you should never do it but the charges incurred are rarely more than $25 rather than thousands. Here is the link to Snopes if you are interested: http://www.snopes.com/fraud/telephone/809.asp If you don’t trust links left on your site, which is highly understandable, go to Snopes & type “809″ into their search bar. :)

    • Thanks for commenting! And thanks for the link to the snopes site. My blog posts directly to facebook and I had comments there as well about this. I guess a warning to just be aware that all calls need not be returned unless you KNOW to where you are calling is the real lesson here. (I do usually get rid of links left here, but this one needs to stay!)

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