Monday, April 11, 2011

809 Area Code: do not dial it! - The Paul Paterakis Power team of RE/MAX Showcase

Someone will actually call you from this area code and leave you a message along these lines:
“Hey, this is Karen, sorry I missed you – get back to us quickly. I have something important to
tell you.” Then she will repeat a phone number beginning with 809: do not respond, it’s a scam!
AT & T has been sending out emails NOT to ever dial area codes 809, 284 and 876. If you call from the U.S. you will be charged $2,425.00 per minute!

If you call back you will be listening to a very long message (just to keep you on and add minutes to the call). They will tell you that they have important information about a family member who has been ill or tell you that someone has been arrested, died or to let you know you have won a wonderful prize etc. With so many new area codes these days, people unknowingly return these calls by just tapping on the number and not even look at what’s on caller ID.

The 809 area code is located in the Dominican Republic. The charges can quickly become a nightmare since you made the call. Your local and long distance companies will most likely tell you that they are simply providing the billing for the foreign company and you will end up dealing with a foreign company that will argue having done nothing wrong. Nobody needs this kind of very expensive pain.

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1 comment:

  1. Yes be careful, in Dominican Republic is a spanish speaker country, I live in DR and If you have any doubt you can ask your provider.
    The providers in DR are: Claro (former Verizon), Tricom(all america cables and radio), Viva (former Centennial PR), Orange (France Telecomm) and Wind Telecom (this one is new).
    The DR area codes are 809, 829 and 849, because we use the NANP standard, same as USA