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PostSubject: Scam Alert/Heads Up/Rec'd from a friend and fellow piper   Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:45 pm

WARNING

Costly NEW AREA CODE: READ AND PASS ALONG

809 Area Code




Do Not DIAL AREA CODE 809, 284,



AND 876 from the U.S. or Canada.





THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION PROVIDED TO US BY AT&T. DON'T EVER DIAL THESE AREA CODES!


If you call from the U.S. or Canada,



you will be charged a minimum of
$24.25 per-minute.

AT&T VERIFIES IT'S TRUE : http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=6045

SNOPES VERIFIES IT'S TRUE: http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=area+code+809&x=26&y=15&sp-a=00062d45-sp00000000&sp-advanced=1&sp-p=all&sp-w-control=1&sp-w=alike&sp-date-range=-1&sp-x=any&sp-c=100&sp-m=1&sp-s=0






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.

And you'll also 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.

The following is copied from The Snopes website:

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809 Area Code Scam


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This long distance phone scam causes consumers to inadvertently incur high charges on their phone bills. Consumers usually receive a message telling them to call a phone number with an 809, 284, 649, or 876 area code in order to collect a prize, find out information about a sick relative, etc. The caller assumes the number is a typical three-digit U.S. area code; however, the caller is actually connected to a phone number outside the United States, often in Canada or the Caribbean, and charged international call rates. Unfortunately, consumers don't find out that they have been charged higher international call rates until they receive their bill.

AT&T recommends the following tips to help avoid the 809 area code scam:

Return calls to familiar numbers only. As a general rule, return calls from numbers that contain familiar or recognizable area codes. You may call your directory assistance or long distance operator to check the area code location.
Carefully read your telephone bill. Make sure that you only receive charges from your provider of choice. Ensure you thoroughly understand charges listed on your phone bill, have chosen to do business with all of the listed providers billing for those charges and have authorized additional fees invoiced. If your local service provider has changed, you will receive a final bill from the former provider and a notice of service disconnection.
If you believe that you have been scammed:

Contact the carrier with whom the charge originated, whose name and toll-free telephone number should be printed on the same bill page as the charge in question. Often, the problem can be resolved with a single phone call.
If the carrier with whom the charge originated does not agree to resolve the problem, contact AT&T. AT&T will work with you and the carrier to help remove fraudulent charges from the phone bill.
Additional information:

Federal Communications Commission
CTIA
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PostSubject: Re: Scam Alert/Heads Up/Rec'd from a friend and fellow piper   Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:57 pm

Snopes covered this a while back:

http://www.snopes.com/fraud/telephone/809.asp

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PostSubject: Re: Scam Alert/Heads Up/Rec'd from a friend and fellow piper   Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:07 pm

Natch wrote:
Snopes covered this a while back:

http://www.snopes.com/fraud/telephone/809.asp

Natch

Indeed. Kind of a "chicken little." Found that, too.

Gotta love the Internet. Mmm, wasps. Delicious.
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