another F-----g Scam

David Morton

Lifetime Supporter

>> 0809 Area Code We actually received a call last week from the 0809
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 0809. We did not respond,
this week, we received the following e-mail:

>> Do Not DIAL AREA CODE 0809,0284, and 0876 from the UK .


>> This one is being distributed all over the UK ... 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 0809 number right away.
Since there are so many new area codes these days, people unknowingly
return these calls.


>> If you call from the UK you will apparently be charged a minimum of
£1500 per-minute, and you'll also 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.





>> The 0809 area code is located in the Dominican Republic ....

>> The charges afterwards can become a real nightmare. That's because
you did actually DID 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.


All 087 numbers are non geographical revenue sharing prefixes, however, not all (in fact not many) are scams in the UK as many companies and organisations use them to make money from you (including the NHS).

I detest this process as you can never be sure what you are going to be charged and why would you choose to buy from a company that only gives you the option of an 0870 number? Greedy I calls it. Honest people use an 0845 (lo-call) prefix.

However, all is not lost. If you are faced with an 0870 prefix with no other contact alternatives visit these people:

SAYNOTO0870.COM - Non-Geographical Alternative Telephone Numbers

Put in the number and the site will give you the STD equivalent. It's a free service and it's saved me fortunes in the past. In fact it works with ANY premium rate number if they have the data.

Glenn M

That's very useful, thanks Keith.

(A moderator and a public service provider - who'd have thought it, your Mum would be proud!)