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VERIZON ALERT

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by kutnkru, Feb 7, 2001.

  1. kutnkru

    kutnkru Member
    Messages: 56

    *****************
    PLEASE READ THE MESSAGE BELOW
    ........FRAUD ALERT........
    *****************
    Forwarded by Detective Craig Fritz, Janesville Police
    Dept., 608-755-3044

    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 & pass it on to all your friends and family so they don't get scammed!

    MAJOR SCAM:
    Don't respond to Emails, phone calls, or web pages which tell you to call an "809" Phone Number. This is very important because it alerts you to a scam that is spreading *extremely* quickly - can easily cost you $24,100 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 lot of money. There are lots of different permutations of this scam, but HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

    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 or 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 these calls. If you call from the US, you will apparently be charged $2,425 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 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 "pay-per-call" number. There is also no requirement that the company
    provide a time period during which you may terminate the call without being charged. Further, whereas many U.S. phones have 900 number blocking to avoid these kinds of charges, 900 number blocking will not prevent calls to the
    809 area code.

    We recommend that no matter how you get the message, if you are asked to call a number with an 809 area code that you don't recognize and/or investigate further and just disregard the message. Be wary of email or calls asking you to call an 809 area code number. It's important to
    prevent becoming a victim of this scam, since trying to fight 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.

    Sandi Van Handel
    AT&T Field Service Manager
    (920)687-9045
    * 877 479-7902
     
  2. Smither

    Smither Member
    Messages: 55

    Thanks for the heads up!!!!
     
  3. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    I'll second that - thank you for the warning!


    1975 GMC C-35
     
  4. plowjockey

    plowjockey PlowSite.com Sponsor
    Messages: 622

    This says it came from a Police officer but he might have forgotten one thing. If I get a message like this I'm going to alert my local P.D.

    Ditto on the thanks for the "heads up".

    Bruce
    Happy Plowing
     
  5. CCLC

    CCLC Member
    Messages: 91

    It is amazing what some people will do to make a buck or two. Or a bunch in this case.

    Thanks for the warning!
     
  6. Joseph Meidling

    Joseph Meidling Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    I'll forward this along. Thanks for the heads up.
     
  7. turfguy

    turfguy Member
    Messages: 59

    THANKS

    I WISH I HAD A NUMBER LIKE THAT TO GIVE TO MY DEADBEAT CUSTOMERS.............HEY WAIT A MINUTE.........THIS MIGHT JUST WORK OUT........