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  • Carolpippin@aol.com
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    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 3, 2004
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      > I know some of you have seen this before, but some of the
      > newer people haven't
      >
      > .               809 AREA CODE
      >
      > We actually received a call last week from the 809 area code.
      > The woman said "Hey, this isKaren. 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


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