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Don't Fall For This Telephone Scam, Police Chief Warns

Telephone service providers issued the warning

Sometimes it's good to ignore *69.

An international telephone charge scam is making the rounds, where the caller only rings once, then hangs up. If the victim calls back, they are they are directed to an expensive international chat line or an adult entertainment site, Lacey Police Chief David A. Paprota said.

"It is the return call by the victim which results in the international charges on the phone bill," according to the warning. "International long distance charges apply as well. Victims may not realize they are dialing an international number since the outbound call does not require an international dialing pattern.

Residents are cautioned about calling "unknown" phone numbers that appear to be long distance, as the phone company will apparently hold the victim responsible for all calls made from the victim's phone.

The most common "area codes" used in the scams are as follows:

242 - Bahamas

441 - Bermuda

784 - St. Vincent & Grenadines

246 - Barbados

473 - Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique

809, 829, 849 - Dominican Republic

264 - Anguilla

649 - Turks and Caicos

868 - Trinidad and Tobago

268 - Antigua

664 - Montserrat

876 - Jamaica

284 - British Virgin Islands

758 - St Lucia

869 - St. Kitts & Nevis

345 - Cayman Islands

767 - Dominica

Again, the telephone calls come in with no message being left on the victim's phone. The calls are placed with the intention of the victim unknowingly calling back a for fee chat-line or adult entertainment line. The return call then obligates the victim to pay a very expensive charge to the victim's phone service.


ThudNJ May 15, 2014 at 05:47 PM
The do not call laws are pretty ineffective. Big disappointment. If the FEDS approached it anything like they do the IRS laws it would have some teeth.
Norman V. James May 16, 2014 at 07:04 AM
Do not call lists are a waste . IF I ever answer ;I tell them my wife and myself had a car accident and died. They still keep calling.The list is as useless as Obamacare's list.
grace May 16, 2014 at 08:58 AM
oh nice @norman you killed off your wife lol
Not So Dumb May 16, 2014 at 09:28 AM
You know you're all fools. Buy and answering machine and if they don't leave a message or if you don't know who called, don't be stupid enough to fall for the scam. And, you're a bigger fool for blaming the POTUS, or the government. Get a life and act like an ADULT.
Sharon H May 16, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Also you can research the number on Google. There are some very good websites that not only list scam phone numbers but where people can report who called them and what the experience was like. If your phone displays a number or keeps it in a "call memory" you can get it from there. DO NOT pick up the phone. The above poster is right: if they leave no message, it is a likely a scammer. I have the Ooma Telo system, which not only automatically blocks known blacklisted numbers but which also allows you to add any number you wish to your own personal blacklist. You will not even hear the phone ring and the caller gets one of 3 messages, including one which tells them they are permanently blocked. If you don't recognize the number, just ignore it. If it's kosher, the caller will leave a legitimate voice mail. Keep safe!

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