posted on Jan, 7 2009 @ 07:57 AM
This one is being distributed all over the US . 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
If you call from the US , you will be charged at International rates, in addition to the private company's charges, up to $100 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 $2,000.00
Why It Works:
The 809 area code is located in the Dominican Republic. They are not regulated by the US laws. 867 and 284 are also frequently used by
Caribbean and other scammers.
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.
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