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 $24.25 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.
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.

2 Comments
  1. j_powell01 13 years ago

    It never ceases to amaze that criminals can always find a "technical" way to screw Joe public. Thank you for the 411….pardon the pun.lol J

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  2. Loki 13 years ago

    Woah! The best thing I can think of about my crappy pay-by-the-month cellphone service is that you have to buy a separate calling card to make any out of the country LD calls….I have gotten text messages saying simply  ” Who is this? Call me!”………..yeah right.

    Thanks for the heads up Lori!

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