Costly NEW AREA CODE:
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
We did not respond. Then this week, we received the following e-mail:
DIAL AREA CODE
876 from the U.S. or Canada.
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION PROVIDED TO US BY
AT&T. DON’T EVER DIAL AREA CODE
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.
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
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. or Canada,
you will apparently be charged a minimum of
And you’ll also 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 :
SNOPES VERIFIES IT’S TRUE: