Costly MISTAKE , A WARNING  

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10/1/2005 7:17 am

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Costly MISTAKE , A WARNING


I haven't heard of this one... but just in case....

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT AREA CODE SCAM

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 SCM:
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 rec! ognize, 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

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