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Area Code Scam

The Better Business Bureau says watch out for what you dial. A scam is expanding to make you think you're calling long distance in the U.S., but you're really calling overseas.

The Better Business Bureau says there are three area codes to watch out for: 809, 876, and 284. The BBB says people get emails, phone calls, pages and regular mail, asking you to call a number with this area code for one reason or another. The calls go to the Caribbean or Central America, which means you are going to pay a lot for those phone calls.

The BBB says a lot of times when you respond to a message and call a number in the 809, 876, 284 area codes, you'll be put on hold. The longer you're on the line, the more you pay. Since the foreign phone company operates outside the U.S., you may have little legal recourse.


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