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WARNING - Don't ever dial area code 809
I got this from a buddy of mine who works for Ameritech......
THIS MESSAGE IS BEING SENT TO ALL ELADERSHIP, GM'S,
STATE HEADS, AND THEIR ASSISTANTS
***PLEASE CASCADE TO ALL MANAGERS & NONMANAGERS***
*** FYI... ***
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION PROVIDED TO US BY
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" 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 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.
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
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! g 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.