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Phone Scam

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by endlesszeal, Sep 13, 2005.

  1. endlesszeal

    endlesszeal Senior Member

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    just got this from my supervisor, friggin scary:

    FYI

    Sharon Morgan
    Customer Service Supervisor
    HFS North America
    1-530-758-8253 ext.701
    Fax: 1-630-456-7050






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    From: janine mccrosky
    Sent: Monday, September 12, 2005 11:51 AM
    To: Julie Smith; rita lin; Sharon Morgan
    Subject: FW: phone scam


    FYI-



    Janine McCrosky

    Customer Support Center Manager

    HFS North America

    530-758-8253 ext. 716


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    From: Nancy Bothwell
    Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 8:38 AM
    To: janine mccrosky
    Subject: FW: phone scam








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    From: Jill Henson
    Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 6:16 PM
    To: George Williams; Nancy Bothwell; Cheryl Baptiste
    Subject: FW: phone scam







    Jill L. Henson,

    Director, Human Resources

    HFS North America

    359 Longview Drive

    Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108

    (630) 909-5555 Office

    (630) 681-8463 Fax




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    From: Sowanda Taylor
    Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 2:59 PM
    To: ecox@ifgroup.cc; Angela Ashley; Amy Gerberi; Linda Kern; Rita Whitehurst; Kim Coleman; Dyne Harris; mwill64@sears.com; Jill Henson; Toney Slocumb
    Subject: FW: phone scam








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    From: Laverne Glenn
    Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 2:26 PM
    To: BREE; Peeples, Betty; Antonio T. Donald; Cynthiap08@aol.com; Devie L. Phipps; SY LAMONT GLENN; shanetta glenn; Roya Watkins; Nancy Cowans; Renettakel@aol.com; Sowanda Taylor; shrnclrk323@yahoo.com; Tommie Williams; Willie Windham; 'washington1494@bellsouth.net'
    Subject: FW: phone scam





    -----Original Message-----
    Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 11:25 AM
    ToSubject: phone scam


    Subject: New Phone Scam

    In case you have not heard of this one.....Stay Alert!



    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. 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:



    Subject: DON'T EVER 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 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" area Phone Number.



    This is a very important issue of Scam users 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

    NationalFraudInformationCenterand is costing victims a lot of money.



    There are lots of different permutations of this scam.



    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, 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 $2425

    per-minute.

    Or, you'll get a long recorded message The point is, they will try to

    keep you on the phone a 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 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

    US. 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.homes that have 900 number blocking to avoid these

    kinds of charges, do not work in preventing 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, just

    disregard the message.



    Be wary of e-mail, 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.



    Please for ward 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
     
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