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I was just in area code 284 (US virgin islands) and I called my girlfriend and we talked for over an hour from a LAN line on a 20$ phone card. Could you get tricked in to spending a few bucks this way? Probably. But yes, this is chain mail bull****.
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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.
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Some telephone fraud scams once revolved around the 809 area code; it was being used since it has a higher than normal rate. The victim receives a message on their answering machine to call a number with an 809 area code. Since there were many new area codes being introduced in the US, the victim thinks nothing of it and dials the 809 number. The number dialed is set up as a premium rate with an exorbitant per-minute charge such as US$25.00 The victim is then put on hold indefinitely, and billed for each minute they are on hold. This is actually perfectly legal, because the telephone regulations in the Dominican Republic don't require premium rate numbers to be declared.
With a sometimes inadequate offering of phone services available in Haiti, some scammers would often resort to paying a Dominican Republic phone company to set up phone service on the Haitian side of the border, under an assumed Dominican Republic area code and telephone number. Haiti, with its loose regulations on phone charges, became a prime hotbed for setting up these scams in the 1980s, which often looked like it was the Dominican Republic. In order for this to work, it often required setting up phone service in a Haitian border town. Since the crime was actually being committed in Haiti, the Dominican Republic authorities would be powerless to apprehend the perpetrators without contacting Haitian authorities.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_code_809
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post #33 of 56
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Originally Posted by holtzman View Post
I was just in area code 284 (US virgin islands) and I called my girlfriend and we talked for over an hour from a LAN line on a 20$ phone card. Could you get tricked in to spending a few bucks this way? Probably. But yes, this is chain mail bull****.
It's "landline".
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post #34 of 56
Sooo let me get this straight

"LOL DO YOU LIKE FREE MONEY AND MANSION CEO INCOME FROM HOME? CALL 809-382-5633"

"Okay, sounds like the deal of a lifetime! Good things do happen to people with a positive attitude!"

Even then the assumed cost entering the range of Twenty-Grand seems a bit ... unreal?
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Originally Posted by Xerasyte View Post
I'd call em, and get off the phone at 59 seconds. Just cause I'm an ass. :/
You'd get charged one minute.

1:01 is two minutes. Don't you know how telephone companies work to get every last cent from you?
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post #36 of 56
Ok, What a scam...

The area Code 809 is from MY country....Dominican Republic. Not the virgin islands or whatever...the scam comes form the virgin islands but the real place of that area code is Dominican Republic. Seems funny to me, cuz here, we get call from US area codes telling you won a price and whatever...
post #37 of 56
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Originally Posted by mrtn400 View Post
It's "landline".
Could have been Skype...

And to whoever asked about the country code to Japan from the US, it's 81.
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Good thing my uncle's the secretary of defense for the Chinese government, I'll just ask him to sent me a few warheads and ill take out british virgin islands and the phone companies responsible.

someone's gonna get screwed if this happens to me.
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Originally Posted by whatsthatsmell View Post
I dont think those islands are virgins either
Coming from the guy with "Location: Intercourse, Pa" under his name.
    
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If this is for real, why not just refuse payment on the bill? I highly doubt the US would extradite you to the Bahamas for refusing to pay a scam they, themselves warned about.
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