[MOL] SCAM ALERT !!!!!!! [00037] Medicine On Line


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[MOL] SCAM ALERT !!!!!!!



-----Original Message-----
> > >> > From: Armstrong, James D.
> > >> > Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2000 7:18 AM
> > >> > To:   GRP Sugar Land Building
> > >> > Subject:  TELEPHONE SCAM
> > >> >
> > >> > Dear All:
> > >> > I received this notice from one of our telephone support
> > >> > vendors.  Please take a moment and read through this and pass it
> > >> > along.  I have heard of this scam before, and apparently it is still
> > >> > going on.
> > >> >
> > >> > Regards,
> > >> > Jimmy Armstrong
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> >  FYI..below...
> > >> >  * 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 & pass it on to all your friends & family so they don't get
> > >> scammed!
> > >> >
> > >> >  * MAJOR 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 Scam Busters! 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.
> > >> > * 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 versions of this scam, but
> > >> >
> > >> > 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'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!
> > >> >
> > >> >  * 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 $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.   Since 809 is not in the US, it is not
> > >> covered
> > >> > by
> > >> > U.S. 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. 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 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 message to your friends, family and
> > >> > colleagues to help them become aware of this scam so they don't get
> > >> ripped
> > >> > off.
> > >> >
> > >> >
> > >> > James D. Armstrong
> > >> > Sr.Telecomm Staff Prof.,
> > >> > Telecommunications Department
> > >> > Lafayette Telephone: (337) 295-6676
> > >> > Sugar Land Telephone: (281) 287-7556
> > >> > Fax: (337) 295-6758
> > >> > Internet:
JArmstrong@unocal.com <mailto:JArmstrong@unocal.com
> > >
 
 
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