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  • malruck@adelphia.net
    ... But please, please, PLEASE do not forward messages of this type to RevList. We understand the good intent, but this is not the place for messages about
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 3, 2000
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      > Please forward this entire message to your friends, family and
      > colleagues

      But please, please, PLEASE do not forward messages of this type to
      RevList. We understand the good intent, but this is not the place
      for messages about scams, viruses, dying children that want to get a
      gazillion e-mails before they die, &c.

      BTW, 809 is in fact a perfectly valid area code for the Dominican
      Republic. See www.scambusters.com

      We now return you to the 18th century.

      Joseph Ruckman
      RevList Advisory Board
    • Harriett Connor
      ... From: Keith Ruona To: Jon Elias Ruona ; Lloyd E. Ruona ; Roy A. Mayry ;
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 3, 2000
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        ----- Original Message -----
        From: Keith Ruona <keithv@...>
        To: Jon Elias Ruona <jruona@...>; Lloyd E. Ruona
        <ruona@...>; Roy A. Mayry <rmayry@...>; Wayne and Paula
        Shipman <wpshipman@...>
        Cc: Harriett Anthony <connor@...>; Karla Nelson
        <karla.nelson@...>; Tom and Suzanne Hauser <seabee@...>; Tim
        Whyte <Tjwgolf@...>
        Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2000 7:53 PM
        Subject: A potentially costly 'scam'...


        > Forwarded for your information.
        >
        > -----Original Message-----
        > From: ljminer@... <ljminer@...>
        > To: AJACKSON@... <AJACKSON@...>; cbminer@...
        > <cbminer@...>; intellitype@... <intellitype@...>;
        > jjpurr@... <jjpurr@...>; artcolene@... <artcolene@...>;
        > tcratchit@... <tcratchit@...>
        > Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2000 6:03 PM
        > Subject: Fwd: (no subject)
        >
        >
        > >
        > >---------------------- Forwarded by Laree J Miner/BII on 10/31/2000 10:00
        > >AM ---------------------------
        > >
        > >
        > >Judith L Belvill
        > >10/31/2000 09:52 AM
        > >
        > >To: Arlene A Casas/BII@BII, Joan M Elmer/BII@BII, Danielle R
        > > Farias/BII@BII, Suzana M Gajtandziev/BII@BII, Charlene J
        > > Horning/BII@BII, Cynthia M Johnson/BII@BII, Kathleen Kent/BII@BII,
        > > Melissa S Mahon/BII@BII, Sue M Pietsch/BII@BII, Nancy A
        > > Ponce/BII@BII, Vickie L Smart/BII@BII, Maria Tago/BII@BII, Maria J
        > > Flores/BII@BII, Abigail House/BII@BII, Raquel G Ceniceros/BII@BII,
        > > ChweeLin Chiaratanasen/BII@BII, Sally May/BII@BII, Sandra L
        > > Steffens/BII@BII, Michelle G Evans/BII@BII, Paul D Harper/BII@BII,
        > > Sonia Ovalle/BII@BII, Joanne Scovill/BII@BII, Rochelle E
        > > Sandoval/BII@BII, Julie Bojorquez/BII@BII, Sherry Yoho/BII@BII,
        Chris
        > > Ballesteros/BII@BII, Theresa M Carpenter/BII@BII, Moni E
        > > Fekete/BII@BII, Patricia S Garcia/BII, Luiz J Holt/NB/BII@BII,
        Laree
        > > J Miner/BII@BII, Rebecca Moreno/BII@BII, Gloria C Pedroza/BII@BII,
        > > Mindy A Ramos/BII@BII, Mary Lou Richardson/BII@BII, Miriam
        > > Sanchez/BII@BII, Colleen M Shirley/BII@BII, Patricia A
        > > Torres/BII@BII, Rosa E Valdez/BII@BII, Loretta J Ybarra/BII@BII,
        Mary
        > > A Cordova/BII@BII, Julee L Clark/BII@BII, Gerald S Reynolds/BII@BII
        > >cc: Peggy M Schueppert/BII@BII, Janet R Wadsworth/BII@BII
        > >
        > >Subject: Fwd: (no subject)
        > >
        > >I don't normally forward these type of things, but I called the Pacific
        > >Bell Operator and she verified that this is true and has been a scam.
        She
        > >said most of the messages seem to be rec'd on pagers, but some were on
        home
        > >phone numbers.
        > >
        > >Be aware!
        > >
        > >j
        > >---------------------- Forwarded by Judith L Belvill/BII on 10/31/2000
        > >09:50 AM ---------------------------
        > >
        > >Subject: Fwd: (no subject)
        > >
        > >
        > >Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
        > >Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
        > >
        > ><< > >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 & pass it on to all your friends & 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" 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 $24100 or
        > > > >> more, and is difficult to avoid unless you are aware of it.
        > > > >> We'd like to thank Paul Bruemmer and Brian Stains for bringing
        > >this
        > > > >> scam to our attention.
        > > > >>
        > > > >> This scam has also been identified by the National Fraud
        > > > >> Information Center and is costing victims a lot of money. There
        > > > >> are lots of different permutations of this scam, but
        > > > >> 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 $24100.00.
        > > > >>
        > > > >> 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. phones have 900 number
        > > > >> blocking to avoid these kinds of charges, 900 number blocking
        > > > >> will not prevent 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 and/or investigate further and just disregard the
        > >message.
        > > > >>
        > > > >> Be wary of email 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 so they don't
        > > > >> get ripped off.
        > > >>
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