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Old 10-22-08, 07:29 AM   #1
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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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Old 10-22-08, 07:38 AM   #2
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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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Old 10-22-08, 08:10 AM   #3
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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*
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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.
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And could someone hide my from Siu? She's gonna kill me.
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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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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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*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*
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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!
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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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Old 10-22-08, 12:27 PM   #14
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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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