They charge you for the call, and for each minute they can keep you on the line. You call back.
Feb 1, 2014, 07: Check your phone bill for sketchy charges. It plays on the ubiquity of smartphones, and that… no one really calls each other anymore. Your carrier knows aaaall about scams like this, and will generally reverse the charge if you complain.
Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin A scam that repeats itself in modified forms every few years is once again spreading throughout the United States. On international numbers, the FTC has no jurisdiction.
How many people would likely fall prey to such a scam? This area code was created in the late 1990s for the islands of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique, which, like the United States, use country code 1.
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You see a missed call. A scam that repeats itself in modified forms every few years is once again spreading throughout the United States.
It has a built-in number identification system, and it works quite well for at least identifying legitimate, non-scammy phone numbers as safe to call. Read More. Likewise, until shortly before the turn of the century, the Caribbean islands using the American country code 1 all used the same area code, 809; scams were perpetrated, but, after a while, people learned to avoid calling that single area code.
While 809, 473, 284, 649 and 876, may be the primary sources of the current danger, here is a list of non-Canadian area codes that are international. The latest crop of scams exploits the advances in technology — the implementation of many new area codes makes it difficult for most people to recognize what is a domestic number and what is not, and the proliferation of cellphones rather than pagers means that sounds of trouble can be played to victims, exploiting their caring about others in distress.
If a caller has something important to say, he or she can leave a message identifying himself or herself or send you a text message. Joseph Steinberg Contributor.