Ever heard of the Area Code Scam? It actually has various names, but it involves a trick to make you call an expensive long distance number.
Every few years, we begin hearing about an old scam that begins making the rounds. It has several names, such as the 809 Scam or the 876 Scam, but the numbers all refer to area codes that appear to be United States area codes.
In fact, they’re overseas numbers that connect you to countries that share the +1 country code with the United States.
The scams basically have the same basic scheme in common: to employ some scenario that encourages you to call the mysterious number and wind up paying high long distance.
In one scenario, for example, someone calls you and hangs up as soon as you answer. You get frustrated and call them back to give them a piece of your mind or, at least, to find out why they hung up in your ear.
In another scenario, they call you and all you hear is someone screaming for help before the line goes dead. You might be tempted to call back to find out what’s happening.
There are versions that even send you text messages hoping you’ll call a number listed in the text to take care of some kind of presumed emergency.
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