It’s baaaaack! This scam rears its head every few years, each in a slightly different itteration to avoid detection. Often called “one ring,” “ring and run,” or “dial and disconnect,” this scam can reak havoc on your phone bill.
While the area code 473 may look like it’s a domestic number, looks can be decieving. Area code 473 was created in the late 1990s for the islands of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique, which, like the United States, use country code 1. So, in fact 473 is an international call and can rack up some serious $$$ on your bill. Furthermore, these scammers sometimes establish the number as a premium service number and the rates can exceed $20 for the first minute!
This area code is not isolated. Others to watch out for are 809, 284, 649 and 876 – all international and previiously flagged for these types of scams.
What you can do to avoid being a victim of this scam:
- Don’t return calls from numbers you don’t recognize. Due to the advent of voicemail, there is really no reason to call back missed calls from numbers that you do not recognize, regardless of the area code from which they originated.
- They’re scammers remember? How easy would it be to leave you a legitimate voicemail claiming to be your insurance company, doctor, collection agency etc.? Don’t let them fool you . . . Be aware of these area codes!
Stay vigelent my friends!
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