809 Area Code Scam | Crime

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809 Area Code Scam

A community member wrote us today about returning calls to the area code 809. The community member claims she actually received a call last week from the 809 area code. A woman called and 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.

“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.”

According to our community member, if you call from the United States you will apparently be charged a hefty per minute charge. The point is to keep you on the phone as long as possible to increase the charges.

“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.”

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

SNOPES VERIFIES IT'S TRUE: http://www.snopes.com/fraud/telephone/809.asp

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