809 AREA CODE----Important

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Conagher, Jan 22, 2010.


  1. Conagher

    Conagher Dark Custom Rider Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    809 AREA CODE----Important

    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... I 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:

    Do Not 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.

    They get you to call by telling you that it is information about a family member who has been ill or to tell you someone has been arrested, died, or 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 U..S. . , 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.

    WHY IT WORKS:

    The 809 area code is located in the Dominican Republic .

    The charges afterward 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.

    AT&T VERIFIES IT'S TRUE :

    http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=6045

    SNOPES VERIFIES IT'S TRUE:
    http://www.snopescom/fraud/telephone/809.asp
     
  2. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Several years ago, I got a 24 page phone bill....
    It was over $6,500.00!
    It took a couple of years to get it all cleared up!
    Someone had used my phone number (unlisted) and charged calls to some island known as Sao Tome.
    It took a LONG investigation to prove that every call was made at 2:00 pm, when I was at work (verified by my employer and my pay records!)...
    Scam artists are out there, just looking for anyway to separate you from your hard earned money!
     
  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Wow. I am glad that I only use a pre-paid cell phone and refuse to get a land line.
     
  4. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    I have a very simple rule on incoming calls...... if I don't know the name or number, I WILL NOT return the call!
    Leave a message telling me who you are and what you want - otherwise, "DELETE"......... maddd
     
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