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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has
become aware of a long distance phone scam that may lead consumers to
inadvertently incur high charges on their phone bills.
The Scam Works Something Like This
You get an e-mail, voicemail, or page telling you to call a phone number
with an “809”, “284”, “876” (or some other three-digit) area code to
collect a prize, find out about a sick relative, engage in sex talk,
You assume you are making a domestic long distance call – as “809”,
“284”, “876” (and other three-digit area codes involved in this scam)
appear to be typical three-digit U.S. area codes.
When you dial the “809”, “284”, “876” (or other three-digit) area code
plus the number, however, you're actually connected to a phone number
outside the United States, often in Canada or the Caribbean, and charged
international call rates. (In this case, “809” goes to the Dominican
Republic, “284” goes to the British Virgin Islands, and “876” goes to
You don't find out about the higher international call rates until you
receive your phone bill.
To Minimize the Risk of This Happening to You Check any area codes
before returning calls.
If you do not otherwise make international calls, ask your local phone
company to block outgoing international calls on your line.
Filing a Complaint with the FCC
There is no charge to file an informal complaint with the FCC. Your
letter should include your name, address, telephone number or numbers
involved with your complaint, a telephone number where you can be
reached during the business day, and the name of your long distance
carrier. Your complaint letter should also provide as much specific
information as possible, such as:
An explanation of the circumstances that led to
The names of all telephone or other companies
involved with your complaint;
The names and telephone numbers of the telephone
company employees that you talked to in an effort to resolve your
The dates that you talked with these employees; and
Any other information that would help the FCC to
process your complaint.
Your local telephone company also often has records
that are essential to the processing of your complaint.
You should mail your complaint to:
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer &Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554.
To file a complaint electronically, go to
www.fcc.gov/cgb/complaints.html. Consumers can also file by e-mail
Filing a Complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC is revising its regulations to give consumers more rights when
they are victims of international phone call scams. Among other things,
the rules will require that calling costs be disclosed to the consumer
before his/her call is connected.
Callers may submit their complaints, in writing, to the FTC. The FTC
does not typically investigate or resolve specific complaints, but looks
for trends or patterns when an issue appears to warrant action. FTC
complaints should be mailed to:
Consumer Response Center
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20580.
You may also contact the FTC via phone or email:
FTC toll-free number: 1-877-382-4357
FTC e-mail address for reporting fraud:
For this or any other consumer publication in an accessible format
(electronic ASCII text, Braille, large print, or audio) please write or
at the address or phone number below, or send an e-mail to FCC504@fcc.gov.
To receive information on this and other FCC consumer topics through the
electronic subscriber service, click on http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/contacts/.
This document is for consumer education purposes only and is not
affect any proceeding or cases involving this subject matter or related
Federal Communications Commission · Consumer &Governmental Affairs
Bureau · 445 12th St. S.W. · Washington, DC 20554
1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) · TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) ·
Fax: 1-866-418-0232 · www.fcc.gov/cgb/
With Internet growth more and more
people are having identity theft, being stalked, and being threatened.
Here are 10 ways to protect yourself and your family.
1. Look for privacy policies on the Web
2. Get a separate email account for personal email
3. Teach your kids that giving out personal information online means
giving it to strangers
4. Clear your memory cache after browsing
5. Make sure that online forms are secure
6. Reject unnecessary cookies
7. Use anonymous remailers
8. Encrypt your email
9. Use anonymizers while browsing
10. Opt-out of third party information sharing
Extra Tip: use common sense