Phone Calls From These Area Codes Might Be a Scam
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Phone call scams have become so common that most of us don’t bother even picking up when we don’t recognize the number. However, as we grow warier, scammers get savvier and find ways to get our attention. Inc.com lists some area codes you might want to watch out for.
The scam is dubbed the “473 Scam.” The caller either lets the phone ring once, sends a distressing text, or leaves a pre-recorded message making the recipient believe someone is in danger. The point? To get you to call back. Inc.com reports:
The name “473 scam” comes from the fact that criminals have been known to use caller IDs with the area code 473—which appears to be domestic, but is actually the area code for the island of Grenada and several other islands outside the United States that, like the U.S., use country code +1…Also, the criminals perpetrating 473 scams often establish premium numbers—the equivalent of the 900 numbers that were popular in the United States in the pre-internet era. Calls to such numbers can sometimes cost more than $20 for the first minute!
In addition to 473, here are some other common area codes scammers use.
242 — Bahamas
441 — Bermuda
784 — St. Vincent and Grenadines
246 — Barbados
809, 829, and 849 — Dominican Republic
264 — Anguilla
649 — Turks and Caicos
868 — Trinidad and Tobago
268 — Antigua
664 — Montserrat
For more detail and the full list, go to – Inc.com via Consumerist