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ABOUT AREA CODE 809

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:

DON'T EVER DIAL AREA CODE 809, 284 AND 876

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFO RMATION 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 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 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

Sandi Van Handel
AT&T Field Service Manager
(920)687-904

http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/809.html
Edited by JTD92 - 7/5/08 at 6:01pm
post #2 of 56
Wow, seems scary..
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knew since last year, but still useful.
    
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Wow o_o.
    
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Just told everyone i know, +rep bro
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Still i don't get it why so expensive? Something wrong in Bahamas?
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I highly doubt this is true... I just called it from a calling that had $2 left and I was on it for quite a while and this kind of thing reminds me of bullentins posted on myspace that have no truth to them
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I highly doubt this is true... I just called it from a calling that had $2 left and I was on it for quite a while and this kind of thing reminds me of bullentins posted on myspace that have no truth to them
I found it on the FCC site so I dont its fake at all.

http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/809.html
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Well, if you have someone you dislike. Call one of those numbers at their house.
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I highly doubt this is true... I just called it from a calling that had $2 left and I was on it for quite a while and this kind of thing reminds me of bullentins posted on myspace that have no truth to them
I dont think those islands are virgins either
    
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