SHERIFF WARNS ABOUT PHONE SCAMMER AREA CODES
Sheriff Leland Falcon is warning
all residents to be cautious about answering your next phone call when it
originates from a suspicious or unrecognizable area code.
Scammers are hiding behind
international area codes that appear to be U.S. numbers. These scams will suddenly pop-up, last a
while, then disappear before suddenly showing up again.
There are three variations of a
popular scam called "473. The types you
need to be aware of are:
Calls Scammers will use "Robo Calls to potential victims. The caller will hang up before anyone picks
Criminals will wait for victims to answer and then play a recording, usually
of someone saying they are in danger and need help.
Messages Scammers use the same method to beg for help, but through text
are from out of the U.S., but still fall under the "+ 1 U.S. code.
Scammers want you to call or text back. Those call back numbers are often premium
numbers, the same type as "1 - 900 numbers.
Calling or texting back can lead to excessive charges on your phone
Here is a
list of numbers that have current international codes within the " + 1 country
code. The sheriff urges you to stay away
from these numbers:
242 Bahamas 664 - Montserrat
246 Barbados 721 Saint Martin
441 Bermuda 345 Cayman Islands
264 Anguilla 767 Dominica
758 St. Lucia 876 Jamaica
649 Turks and Caicos 268 Antigua
784 St. Vincent and Grenadines 869
St. Kits and Nevis
869 Trinidad and Tobago 284 British Virgin Islands
473 Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique 809, 829, 849 Dominican Republic
Again, Sheriff Falcon advises you to "totally
disregard calls originating from the above area codes. Technology allows criminals to not only steal
your money, but your identity as well if you answer these calls.