According to this one, Snopes has confirmed it. The proof if after the jump. But even if they didn’t this seems totally legit. And, actually, who says Snopes is right all the time? And they have pop up ads on their site. So they are suspect, anyway. And now – AREA CODE 809!
Costly NEW AREA CODE SCAM READ AND PASS ALONG
809 Area Code
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 did not 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. (Editor’s note —HORROR after the jump!)
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 $2425 per-minute. (Editor’s note – there was no decimal in there)
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.
Please forward this entire message to your friends, family and colleagues to help them become aware of this scam.
AT&T VERIFIES IT’S TRUE: http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=6045
SNOPES VERIFIES IT’S TRUE:
1. snopes.com: 809 Area Code Scam
Are callers lured into placing calls to the 809 area code charged large long-distance fees?
…809 Area Code Scam
Scam: Unsuspecting phone customers are gulled into placing calls to area codes in the Caribbean that result in hefty charges….
…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….
..Don’t respond to Emails, phone calls, or web pages which tell you to call an “809” Phone Number. This is a very important issue of Scam Busters!
“IN GOD WE TRUST” (editor’s not
Save us, Acadia!!!! Save us from ALL the THINGS!!!
That’s crazy scary! I wonder who actually benefits from those fees!
Must…not…….dial 809… *holds arm back from telephone*
But. . . but. . . but how will I call my family in the Caribbean if I can dial 809?
The fact that such a thing can even exist in the world is a testament to the power of money.
Why can’t all tycoons be like you, Acadia?