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Friday, 15 August 2014

Phone SCAM!!! Be careful of 0809, 0284, 0876 Numbers

A recent scam going around the web and to businesses all across the UK entices business owners and people to ring an 0809, 0284, 0876 number to receive important information.

You may receive an answer phone message or a email asking you to urgently ring them back to receive this information. Reports that have been shown on the web and the bit these people don't want you to know is that these numbers are located in the Dominican Republic and the minimum charge per minute is £1500.00 ($2425.00 USD).

The important information is in fact a lie and these numbers are a scam to steal thousands of business owners and anybody else thinking someone has important information about them.

Police across the UK have urged people not to call these numbers back and unfortunately reports on the net show that your phone company will not issue a refund because it was yourself who made the call, it doesn't matter if you didn't know about the call charges.


  1. That resembles the scam I read at http://www.callercenter.com/07030808903.html where call recipients are asked to call back the phone numbers. Turned out to be premium rate phone numbers that charged the victims enormously for the calls.

  2. This warning is a hoax and completely misleading. Numbers starting 0284 are perfectly safe to dial and the others don't exist.

  3. Thanks for the comment Jen, we've just taken a look at your site and though you claim there are no problems with these numbers, local police and news companies disagree:


    We appreciate your comment.

    1. Jen is right, while a few easily-confused local newspapers and local coppers are wrong!

      There's a full and well-explained rebuttal of the hoax at: http://www.hoax-slayer.com/0809-area-code-uk-scam-warning.shtml

      Alternatively, a quick root around the website of Ofcom, who manages UK telephone numbers, would show that 028 numbers are for Northern Ireland, while codes 0809 and 0876 simply do not exist.

    2. Thank you for the reply Smithy. There seems to be some truth behind what you and Jen are saying in the fact that 028 numbers are an Irish line. There is still more new news about all these number causing problems but hopefully the money scam side of things is in everyone's best interest to check the number is real and legitimate before dialling.


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