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April 14th, 2002, 10:43 PM #1
I have just this minute received this in my e-mail.
Haiko If you think it is a scam please accept my apologies and delete it but I would hate for any of these guys to get taken if it is true. <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Please read. This is very important that you and your family members be
aware of this Scam!
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
Don't respond to Emails, phone calls, or web pages which tell you to
"809" Phone Number. This is a very important issue of Scam Busters
it alerts you to a scam that is spreading *extremely* quickly can easily
you $2400 or more, and is difficult to avoid unless you are aware of it.
like to thank Verizon for bringing this scam to our attention. This scam
been identified by the National Fraud Information Center and is costing
victims a lots of money. There are lots of different permutations of
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
You will receive a message on your answering machine or your pager,
asks you to call a number beginning with area code 809. The reason
to call varies. It can be to receive information about a family member
been ill, to tell you someone has been arrested, died, to let you know
won a wonderful prize, etc. In each case, you are told to call the 809
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
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
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"
There is also no requirement that the company provide a time period
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
you get the message, if you are asked to call a number with an 809 area
that you don't recognize just disregard the message. Be wary of email or
asking you to call an 809 area code number. It's important to prevent
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
and will most likely tell you that they are simply providing the billing
foreign company. You'll end up dealing with a foreign company that
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
Additional information can be obtained from the following AT&T Web Site: this page
April 14th, 2002, 10:53 PM #2
Sigh...edited. I was responding to the wrong phone myth. Why would anyone call an unknown long distance number anyway? I wouldn't...but maybe that's just me.
[ 04-14-2002: Message edited by: parentsworld ]
April 15th, 2002, 12:11 AM #3
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Yes I read or heard about this one somewhere in a paper or on the radio.
Also got the same email forward from several e-zine publishers who were kind enough to pass the info around.
Hope the crew in Nigeria doesn't get their hands on this idea.
April 15th, 2002, 08:05 AM #4
All you have to do is deny the bill, end of story.
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