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    Area Code Danger !

    IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT AREA CODE 809

    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. DON'T EVER DIAL AREA CODE 809

    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 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 $2425per-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 of ten be charged more than $24,100.00.

    WHY IT WORKS:

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

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    http://www.snopes.com/fraud/telephone/809.asp

    Also do not run with scissors, wear a meat suit into the jungle or poke Siu in the eye with a stick.
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    *pokes Siu in the eye with a stick, then proceeds to go running (while carrying scissors and wearing a meat suit) into the jungle*
    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post

    What's frightening is how coherent Hickey was in posting that.

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    You Know!? For Kids! jsharr's Avatar
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    Hickeydog will be missed. He was a good kid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    the scary thing......

    the Call is Coming from Inside the House!!!!!!

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    HA- Made it through the jungle okay....well, almost okay......Does anyone have any advice for removing skizzorz from a leg? And could someone hide my from Siu? She's gonna kill me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post

    What's frightening is how coherent Hickey was in posting that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hickeydog View Post
    And could someone hide my from Siu? She's gonna kill me.
    you are on your own
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    Yet more proof that I'm.. well, pretty much right about everything.

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    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
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    *peeks in, (with one eye of course)*

    Why is MY name always being brought up??


    *Sends my three big dogs after Hickey dog, not being stupid enough to waste energy chasing him*
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    Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.

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    These threads crack me up.

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    You would not be laughing if you were wearing a meat suit and Siu thought it was you that poked her in the eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    *peeks in, (with one eye of course)*

    Why is MY name always being brought up??


    *Sends my three big dogs after Hickey dog, not being stupid enough to waste energy chasing him*
    ****!!!!!!

    *goes sprinting back into the woods*
    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post

    What's frightening is how coherent Hickey was in posting that.

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    where's MV when you need him? I think I spotted a big foot in the woods. We need to shoot it for scientific purposes!
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    Update

    Not trying to cause mass fear. Was only trying to be helpful...

    http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/a/area809.htm

    This is one of those eRumors that was wrong to begin with and has gotten even more confusing as it has circulated. We'll try to unravel it.

    The bottom line is that you don't need to completely avoid calling area codes 809, 284, or 876, especially if you know who you are calling. You do need to be suspicious about strange messages you might get that ask you to return a call to the Caribbean.

    Here are the details:

    1. The original eRumor warned not to ever call area 809 and that if you did, you would be subject to outrageous charges from scam artists in the Virgin Islands. Area 809 is a legitimate area code in the Caribbean, (which at the moment is the area code for the Dominican Republic), and there has never been any danger from making a normal call to there. There have been scam artists, however, that operated out of the Caribbean by leaving messages for people who, when they returned the call, were unknowingly dialing a number that automatically billed them extremely high charges. That was the reason for the warning. Folks were charged anywhere from $10 to $100 per minute and were kept on the line as long as possible. Some of the messages asked for a voice call in return. Some asked for information to be faxed.

    2. The original eRumor did quote Scambusters (www.scambusters.com), but they warn that the message picked up some wrong facts along the way and they are not the source for
    all of the information.

    3. Telephone companies have issued warnings to consumers in the United States about how easy it is to be dialing a Caribbean number without realizing that it's an international call and will cost more than a domestic call. Normally, an international call from the U.S. is preceded by dialing "011." The Caribbean calls are international, but with domestic looking area codes.

    So what has happened is that the warning about the scam artists was turned into an unnecessary warning to never call area 809 and now the caution about being aware of the Caribbean area codes being international calls has been wrapped up with the story about the scam artists and turned into an unnecessary warning to never call 809, 284, or 876.

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    I never feel fear, whenever faced w/ something, I have a companion that warns me. Quite awesome, actually.

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