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Do Not Answer Calls From These Area Codes

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Phone scammers are stepping up their game, using tricks like AI voice scams to fool unsuspecting callers. But there is no reason to be afraid. There are ways to outsmart them, stay safe, and preserve your smartphone security and privacy.

According to Joseph Steinberg, the CEO of SecureMySocial, one way scammers try to deceive you is by using certain area codes that might seem harmless at first glance. Gone are the days when they only relied on 900 numbers; now, it seems they are using other tricks like different area codes, like 809 from the Caribbean.

“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,” warns Steinberg.

It’s not just about where the call appears to be coming from; it’s also about the possible effects on your money. Taking calls from foreign countries could end up costing you a pretty penny. Plus, scammers have different schemes, from phony vacation offers to lies about some kind of danger or money troubles.

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And it’s not just random strangers who might try to trick you. Even if a call seems to be from someone you know, if it looks a bit suspect, let it go to voicemail. Steinberg had to highlight this point, stating that it is not usual for someone in distress to randomly dial an unfamiliar number abroad.

“Remember that it’s unlikely that someone you do not know—who is in distress at a location with which you are not familiar—would dial a random number in another country and ask you to help them,” he says. “They would call the police.”

Steinberg also suggested being cautious of specific international area codes, such as those starting with +1. Sierra Leone, Bahamas, and Barbados—these are just a few of the places scammers might pretend to call from.

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Here’s a list of some of those area codes:

232—Sierra Leone

242 — Bahamas

246 — Barbados

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268 — Antigua

284 — British Virgin Islands

345 — Cayman Islands

441 — Bermuda

473 — Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique

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649 — Turks and Caicos

664 — Montserrat

721 — Sint Maarten

758 — St. Lucia

767 — Dominica

784 — St. Vincent and Grenadines

809, 829, and 849 — The Dominican Republic

868 — Trinidad and Tobago

869 — St. Kitts and Nevis

876 — Jamaica

But remember, scammers don’t only use these codes; they can just take up numbers from anywhere. If you have any doubt at all, let it go to voicemail. It’s a simple but effective way to avoid these scams altogether.

If you do end up being a victim of a scam call, don’t panic. Contact your phone company and report the incident to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). They may be able to help resolve the issue and prevent further scam calls.

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So, the next time your phone rings and you don’t recognize the number, don’t be so quick to answer. It could be a scammer on the other end.

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