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post #21 of 56
Lol I want to give my dad a number with these area codes. It would be funny.
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post #22 of 56
I bet this accounts for a large percentage of their GDP
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post #23 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wikipedia
The 809 scam spam (email forward)

Around 1996, an email from Scambusters.org appeared, warning about the 809 and other Caribbean area codes scams, and this (legitimate) warning began to make the rounds of forwarded emails. As usual with such forwards, people have modified it from its original form to make it appear more urgent. Untruths and exaggerations in the resulting hoax email warning now include the following:
  • The hoax email warns against ever dialing this area code, when in truth, most phone numbers in the 809 area code are not scams, and it's perfectly all right to call someone you know who lives in this area code. The original recommendation was not to return calls from people you don't know who claim that you have won something, or have some trouble with a credit card that needs to be cleared up "immediately", or who claim that a family member of yours has been taken ill, or who offer you a job, etc.
  • The hoax email asks you to forward it to every friend and family member you know, thus making a chain letter. Scambusters, the originator of the warning email, does not ask people to forward their emails.
  • The hoax email warns of outrageous sums that might be charged, such as US$2,400 per minute, or sums totalling up to $10,000.00 (the original warning was for charges that were "reportedly as high as $25.00" per minute, and included a surmise that you might be taken for $100.00).
  • The hoax email claims that the 809 area code is new, though it has been in operation for many years.
  • The hoax email places the 809 area code in the "British Virgin Islands (the Bahamas)" which is an error copied from the original email.
Hmm.

So the area code itself is not a scam.
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post #24 of 56
Dunno what to believe, but it is pretty obvious to ignore those prize scams. However, I hardly doubt the phone company would really charge you such a sum..and not overturn it.
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post #25 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by binormalkilla View Post
I bet this accounts for a large percentage of their GDP
Something in the area of 90%? lol
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post #26 of 56
I'd call em, and get off the phone at 59 seconds. Just cause I'm an ass. :/
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post #27 of 56
No idea what this is, according to scambusters this is not right.

http://www.scambusters.org/809Scam.html
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post #28 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ravin View Post
Don't you have to dial a country code first? US country code is 1, as in 1-(xxx)-xxx-xxxx, and I know that you need to dial another code for China and Japan (although I forget what they are).
Apparently from the US and Ca, you can call 809 using the country code prefix "1".

Quote:
Originally Posted by WIKIPEDIA
When calling to the Dominican Republic from anywhere in the United States or Canada dial, 1-809 or 1-829 + seven digit phone number.
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post #29 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ravin View Post
Don't you have to dial a country code first? US country code is 1, as in 1-(xxx)-xxx-xxxx, and I know that you need to dial another code for China and Japan (although I forget what they are).
depends. ever call canada? if memory serves me right it is just 1-xxx-xxx-xxxx


Quote:
Originally Posted by Jacko87 View Post
I don't see that on the FCC's page you linked to. I'm guessing you just get charged regular international charges...$2425 is a little unrealistic.

if I remember right on this these numbers are like 900 or 976 numbers here in the states. though granted I don't believe the 2425 bucks


Quote:
Originally Posted by justarealguy View Post
No idea what this is, according to scambusters this is not right.

http://www.scambusters.org/809Scam.html
sure they say info in the email is not right but they do not say the 809 scam is a fake.
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post #30 of 56
thanks for the tip - never knew this

EDIT:
Is it real or no?
Edited by OmegaNemesis28 - 7/5/08 at 11:39pm
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