Gnarly phone scam

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Gnarly phone scam

Postby Mike on Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:04 pm

Copy/pasted from another board.

Since being in the military (married into it) we have a lot of "family" connections all over the world so we hear about these things fast and they go from Command to command... so here's the newest scam to watch out for.



Subject: DON'T EVER DIAL AREA CODE 809 , 284 OR 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. Be sure you read this and pass it on if you think someone should hear it.
Callers are calling random people and trying to get you to call a certain number. 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.

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 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

Sandi Van Handel
AT&T Field Service Manager
(920)687-904
Additional information on these area codes can be found from ATT at:
http://www.consumer.att.com/consumertips/areacode.html
Semper Iratus, Motherfucker.
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Re: Gnarly phone scam

Postby Dave on Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:08 pm

Boo on scam artists of all kinds.
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Re: Gnarly phone scam

Postby Yino on Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:33 pm

That's an old trick in the book and it can get quite more evil.
The same trick is done for cloning your cell phone, the purpose of this is calling with another cell phone but it charges to YOUR account, so you have to pay for calls that some bastard did a clone of your mobile.
Be careful.
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