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#1 japaneseobesession

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 04:56 PM

MAJOR SCAM: Don't respond to Emails, phone calls, or web pages which tell you to call an "809" area Phone Number. This is a very important issue of Scam Busters because it alerts you to a scam that is spreading *extremely* quickly, can  easily cost you $2400 or more, and is difficult to avoid unless you are aware of it.  We'd like to thank Verizon for bringing this scam to our attention. This scam has also been identified by the National Fraud Information Center and is costing victims a lot of money.  There are lots of different permutations of this scam.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: You will receive a message on your answering
machine or your pager, which asks you to call a number beginning with area
code 809. The reason you're asked to call varies. It can be to receive information about a family member who has been ill, to tell you someone has-been arrested, died, 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 US or Canada, you will apparently be charged $2425 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 $24,100.00.


WHY IT WORKS: The 809 area code is located in the British Virgin Islands (The Bahamas). The 809 area code can be used as a "pay-per-call" number, similar to 900 numbers in the US or Canada . Since 809 is not in the US or in Canada, it is not covered by U.S./Cdn regulations of 900 numbers, which require that you be notified and warned of charges and rates involved when you call a pay-per-call" number.  There is also no requirement that the company provide a time period during which you may terminate the call without being charged. Further, whereas many U.S. & Canadian homes that have 900 number blocking to avoid these kinds of charges, do not work in preventing calls to the 809 area code.

We recommend that no matter how you get the message, if you are asked to call a number with an 809 area code that you don't recognize, just disregard the message. Be wary of e-mail, or calls, asking you to call an 809 a real code number. It's important to prevent becoming a victim of this scam, since trying to fight 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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watch out ^_^

I have actually gotten one of these calls >< lucky for my mom (( and me =P )) I don't return calls I don't know xD

Edited by japaneseobesession, 11 September 2005 - 04:57 PM.


#2 Deathdemon

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 05:01 PM

whoa, over $2000 a minute, is that possible? the person who started this must be very happy right now.

Edited by Deathdemon, 11 September 2005 - 05:01 PM.


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Posted 11 September 2005 - 05:02 PM

=O!! i dont pick up phone calls with area codes other than "773" or "312" every other phone call we ignore =X hah

#4 shadowdragon_7

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 05:04 PM

wow thats scary! thanxs for telling us!

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 05:05 PM

o__O that's weird

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 05:09 PM

http://www.snopes.co...e/fraud/809.asp

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 05:11 PM

i feel sorry for the ppl who fell for it......

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 05:18 PM

over $2000 a minute? O.o ack thanks for the warning.

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Posted 11 September 2005 - 07:03 PM

that sucks for the people who got caught. ive heard of this before.
yeah 773!! chicago baby! ^_^

#10 japaneseobesession

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 11:37 AM

*bump*

http://www.snopes.co...e/fraud/809.asp

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..okayy... so...


...get caller ID and don't pick up any phone calls you don't know ._.;;

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 11:42 AM

*bump*
..okayy... so...
...get caller ID and don't pick up any phone calls you don't know ._.;;

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I'm not gonna listen to you, Jo. lol :D

#12 japaneseobesession

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 11:43 AM

I'm not gonna listen to you, Jo. lol :D

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*thinks*

umm.. who's this again.... @@ sorry I don't know any new people

#13 Albedo

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 11:46 AM

Yo, what up, girl! This is the one and only Edwin from AMR! lol :D

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 11:51 AM

Yo, what up, girl! This is the one and only Edwin from AMR! lol :D

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OMG I DIDN'T KNOW EDWIN ACTUALLY JOINED BOAJJANG 0.0

ahh.. I just acme back for a visit ^^

but--but-- I didn't find this, my friend did in another forum.. I'm just posting it at every forum I have gone and am at

I just haven't gotten to AMR 'cause my mom dragged me away from the computer before I could

#15 Albedo

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 11:55 AM

lol It's cool! shhhhhhhhhhh, though, *whispers* you're the only one who knows ma name...the rest knows me as Albedo... lol

Anyway, yes, Val forced me to come here...well, she didn't forced me, but it was an unknown force known as BoA... lol

Anyway, glad to see you came back here. I've been here a couple of times, just hanging out, it's pretty cool. I like it!




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