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THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION PROVIDED BY AT&T.
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 $2400 or more, and is difficult to
avoid unless you are aware of it. We'd like to thank Verizon for bringing
this scam to our attention. This scam has also been identified by the
National Fraud Information Center and is costing victims a lots of money.
There are lots of different permutations of this scam.
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 are told to call the 809 number right away. Since
there are so many new area codes these days, people unknowingly return
The 809 area code is located in the British Virgin
Islands. 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
The Criminal Investigation Division cautions everyone, but especially senior citizens, to be on the alert and pay attention to these very simple rules:
Remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. For more information call or e-mail Det. Sgt. Michael Murphy.
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