This information was given to me today from my dealers association and I thought it important TELEPHONE SCAM‏ From: email removed Sent: Sat 10/31/09 5:53 PM To: email removed 809 AREA CODE Important 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: DO NOT DIAL AREA CODE 809, 284 , AND 876 THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION PROVIDED TO US BY AT&T. This one is being distributed all over the USA. This is pretty scary, especially given the way they try to get you to call. 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 U.S. , you will apparently be charged $2,425.00 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. WHY IT WORKS The 809 area code is located in the Dominican Republic. 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 James R. Mitchell James R. Mitchell Executive Director OIADA 2040 Brice Road Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 PH: 614-863-5800 FAX: 614-863-5801 www.ohiada.org it important to share.