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Subject:     FW: IMPORTANT WARNING !!!
> > >Date:        February 07, 2000
> > >
> > >>WARNING!!!!!!
> > >
> > >>Subject:    SPECIAL ALERT - DON'T EVER DIAL AREA
> CODE 809
> > >>
> > >>This is pretty scary-especially given how they try
> to get you
> > >>  to call. Be sure you read this & pass it on to
> all your
> > >>  friends & family so they don't get scammed!
> > >>
> > >>  SCAM: 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  Internet ScamBusters! Because
> it alerts
> > >>  you to a scam that is spreading *extremely*
> quickly - can
> > >>  easily cost you $100 or more, and - is difficult
> to avoid
> > >>  unless you are aware of it. We'd like to thank
> Paul Bruemmer
> > >>  and Brian Stains 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, but
> > >>  HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
> > >>
> > >>  Permutation #1: Internet Based Phone Scam Via
> Email You
> > >>  receive an email, typically with a subject line
> of "*ALERT*"
> > >>  or "Unpaid account."  The  message, which is
> being spammed
> > >>  across the net, says:  I am writing to give you a
> final
> > >>  24hrs to settle your outstanding account.. If I
> have not
> > >>  received  the settlement in full, I will commence
> legal
> > >>  proceedings without further  delay.  If you would
> like to
> > >>  discuss this matter to avoid court action, call
> Mike Murray
> > >>  at Global Communications on at 1-809-496-2700.
> > >>
> > >>  Permutation #2: Phone Or Pager Scam You 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're 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, you will apparently be
> charged $25
> > >>  per-minute! Sometimes the person who answers the
> phone will
> > >>  speak broken English and  pretend not to
> understand you.
> > >>  Other times, you'll just 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
> > >>  $100.00.
> > >>
> > >>  HERE'S 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. Since 809 is not in the US,
> it  is not
> > >>  covered by US 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 US phones have 900 number
> blocking to
> > >>  avoid these kinds of charges, 900 number blocking
> will not
> > >>  prevent 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,
> > >>  investigate further and/or disregard the message.
>
> > >>
> > >>  Be  *very* wary of email or calls asking you to
> call an 809
> > >>  area 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 our 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 issue of Internet
> ScamBusters! To
> > >>  your friends,  family and colleagues to help them
> become
> > >>  aware of this scam so they don't get ripped off.