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  • Dick Ryall
    ... Subject: Important area code information Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 01:19:28 EST From: FARNORTHPOLLIN@aol.com To: jrbaird@ctllc.com,
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      Subject:Important area code information
      Date:Thu, 17 Mar 2005 01:19:28 EST
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      >Subject: Important area code info
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      >       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.
      >
      >       Have something important to tell you." Then she repeated a
      phone
      >number beginning with 809. "We didn't respond".
      >
      >       Then this week, we received the following e-mail:
      >
      >       Subject: DON'T EVER 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 to all your friends and
      family
      >so they don't get scammed!
      >
      >       MAJOR SCAM:
      >       Don't respond to Emails, phone calls, or web pages which
      tell you to
      >call an "809" area Phone Number.
      >
      >       This is a very important issue of Scam Busters because it
      alerts you
      >to a scam that is spreading *extremely* quickly, can easily cost
      you $2400
      >or more, and is difficult to avoid unless you are aware of it.
      >
      >       We'd like to thank Verizon for bringing this scam to our
      attention.
      >
      >       This scam has also been identified by the National Fraud
      Information
      >Center and is costing victims a lots of money.
      >
      >       There are lots of different permutations of this scam.
      >
      >       HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
      >       You will receive a message on your answering machine or your
      pager,
      >which asks you to call a number beginning with area code 809. The
      reason
      >you're asked to call varies. It can be to receive information about
      a
      >family member who has been ill, to tell you someone has-been
      arrested,
      >died, 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 US, 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. Unfortunately, when you get your phone bill, you'll often
      be
      >charged more than $24,100.00.
      >
      >       WHY IT WORKS:
      >       The 809 area code is located in the British Virgin Islands
      (The
      >Bahamas).
      >
      >       The 809 area code can be used as a "pay-per-call" number,
      similar to
      >900 numbers in the US. Since 809 is not in the US, it is not
      covered by
      >U.S. regulations of 900 numbers, which require that you be notified
      and
      >warned of charges and rates involved when you call a pay-per-call"
      number.
      >
      >       There is also no requirement that the company provide a time
      period
      >during which you may terminate the call without being charged.
      Further,
      >whereas many U.S. homes that have 900 number blocking to avoid
      these kinds
      >of charges, do not work in preventing calls to the 809 area code.
      >
      >       We recommend that no matter how you get the message, if you
      are
      >asked to call a number with an 809 area code that you don't
      recognize, just
      >disregard the message.
      >
      >       Be wary of e-mail, or calls, asking you to call an 809 area
      code
      >number. It's important to prevent becoming a victim of this scam,
      since
      >trying to fight the charges afterwards 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.
      >       Sandi Van Handel
      >       AT&T Field Service Manager
      >       (920)687-904
      >
      >       IMPORTANT NOTICE: This communication, including any
      attachment,
      >contains information that may be confidential or privileged, and is
      >intended solely for the entity or individual to whom it is
      addressed. If
      >you are not the intended recipient, you should contact the sender
      and
      >delete the message. Any unauthorized disclosure, copying, or
      distribution
      >of this message is strictly prohibited. Nothing in this email,
      including
      >any attachment, is intended to be a legally binding signature.
      >
      >
      >       ---
      >       Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
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