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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:

*Robo Calls – Scammers will use "Robo Calls” to potential victims. The caller will hang up before anyone picks up.

*Threats – Criminals will wait for victims to answer and then play a recording, usually of someone saying they are in danger and need help.

*Text Messages – Scammers use the same method to beg for help, but through text messages.

The numbers 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 bill.

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.


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