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This might be of interest to those in the US.

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Date:          Tue, 22 Oct 1996 19:21:34 -0500

Subject:       MESSAGE ON PHONE SCAM (fwd)

This is not new but its being sent for the benefit of those who missed
it last time.

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 is how it works:

 Permutation #1: Internet Based Phone Scam Via Email You
 receive an  email, typically with a subject line of
 "*ALERT*" or "Unpaid account."  The message, which is being spammed
 across the net, says:

 I am writing to give you a final 24hrs to settle your
 outstanding account. If I have not received the settlement
 in full, I will  commence legal proceedings without further
 delay. If you wo uld like to discuss this matter to avoid
 court action, call Mike Murray at Global Communications on
 +1 809 496 2700.

 Permutation #2: Phone Or Pager Scam You receive a message on
 your answering machine or your pager which asks you to call
 a number beginning with area code 809.  The reason to 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're 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 $25 per-minute!  Sometimes
 the person who answers the phone will speak broken English
 and pretend not to understand you.  Other times, you'll just
 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 $100.00.

 Here's why it works:  The 809 area code is located in the
 British {*filter*} 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 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 US 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, investigate further and/or disregard the
 message.  Be *very* 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 our 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 issue of Internet ScamBusters! to your
 friends, family and colleaguesto help them become aware of
 this scam so they don't get ripped off.

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Ayodele Dahunsi [System Architect]
Zagloul House No 1, 1st Floor, Kwame Nkrumah Avenue
P. O. Box C660, Cantonments, Accra-Ghana, West Africa.

Tel: 233-21-228739,228112,221421 Fax: 233-21-221450


Sat, 10 Apr 1999 03:00:00 GMT  
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