900 Number Scam

You apply for a work at home job (usually Typists and Data Entry positions.)
The job offers great pay and requires little experience. The employer tells
you that before you can start working they need to check and verify your home
phone line to make sure that your line is clear. You will be asked to call an
800 number and follow the voice prompts.

How it works

When you call the 800 number you will hear an automated message that
sounds something like "Thank you for your interest in our Data Entry Jobs."
Please press #9 so that we may verify your phone line." When you follow
these instructions, you will be transferred to a 900 pay-per-call line and will
be charged enormous rates for the call. Of course, the scammers want to
keep you on the phone as long as possible, so you will be asked question
after question regarding your employment background.

Another variation on the scam requires that you call a phone number with a
809 area code. The 809 area code in located in the British Virgin Islands (the
Bahamas). It can be used as a "pay per call" number, similar to 900 and 976
numbers in the US. Since 809 is not in the US, it is not covered by US
regulations of 900 numbers, which require that you be notified and warned
of charges and rates involved when you call a "pay per call" number. We
recommend that no matter how you get the message, if you are asked to call
a number with an 809 area code that you don't recognize, investigate further
and/or disregard the message.

Fighting the charges can become a real nightmare. If you complain, both our
local phone company and your long distance carrier will not want to get
involved and will most likely tell you that they are simply providing the billing
for the foreign company. You'll end up dealing with a foreign company that
insists they have done nothing wrong.

Reality Check

This scam is called "Switching" and is illegal. Many telephone companies
have created systems that can detect 800 to 900 line transfers and will
automatically disconnect the call. However, many job seekers are still falling
victim to this crime. To protect yourself, never follow through with a request to
"test your phone line" or any other similar request that requires you to call an
automated voice line.

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