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  • Do Not DIAL AREA CODE 809, 284, AND 876

    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 809



    We didn't respond.



    Then this week, we received the
    following e-mail:

    Do Not DIAL AREA CODE 809, 284, AND 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. 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
    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 &n bsp;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