Phone Scam

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by neocats1, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. neocats1

    neocats1 Team Catastrophe

    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:

    Subject: DONT DIAL AREA CODE 809 , 284 AND 876


    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< /B> 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


    The 809 area code is located in the British Virgin Islands (The Bahamas ). the Dominican actually
    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 he lp them become aware of this scam

    Sandi Van Handel
    AT&T Field Service Manager
    Additional information on these area codes can be found from ATT at:
    http ://

  2. Fishman

    Fishman Catch bait???

    I better get a WHOLE lot more than a "great prize" for $2,500 a minute :D
  3. That scam "Rings a bell"....sorry, had to!!!:p
  4. 2talltim

    2talltim Bubby wanna be

    i know verizon has blocked some of those area codes when we were going on vacation to the Bahamas i was trying to book a dolphin encounter and the number i had would not work on my cell phone call ed verizon to ask why they said that area code was dis aloud, but i used my parents home phone it worked fine...the 5 min call cost me like $8.00