PHONE SCAM ALERT

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  1. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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  2. old newbie

    old newbie New Member

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    Thanks man I'll tell the little lady. If I don't know the # I don't answer the phone but she worries about her two boys so she probably would.
     

  3. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    Thanks for the heads up, we have seen an increase in toll free and unwanted calls here ourself.:angry:
     
  4. justcallme12

    justcallme12 New Member

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    Thanks for the info!