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Maybe a little late, but might warn seniors of this scam
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 18, 2021 09:15AM
... I myself didn't know anything about it, until I Googled because I'd gotten some calls from an 833 area code:

[www.sidneydailynews.com]

... this being tax season (some states, including my own, had moved their deadline to June 15), it's a real problem.




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Re: Maybe a little late, but might warn seniors of this scam
Posted by: GGD
Date: May 18, 2021 11:33AM
The 833 area code is just the latest toll free area code to be added, so it's the one that has numbers available for any purpose, not exclusively scammers.

It's been around for almost 4 years.

[www.fcc.gov]

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Toll free codes – 800, 888, 877, 866, 855, 844 and 833.

Toll free numbers are numbers that begin with one of the following three-digit codes: 800, 888, 877, 866, 855, 844 or 833. Although 800, 888, 877, 866, 855, 844 and 833 are all toll free codes, they are not interchangeable. Dialing a number using a 1-800 prefix would reach a different recipient than dialing that number using a 1-888 prefix. Calls to each toll free number are routed to a particular local telephone number.

The 833 area code was a bit different, there was an auction process for getting some numbers.

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The FCC made certain numbers in the 833 toll free code available via an auction. The 833 Auction is an experiment to determine how to use competitive bidding to most effectively assign toll free numbers. For more information about the 833 Auction, visit [auction.somos.com].
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Re: Maybe a little late, but might warn seniors of this scam
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 18, 2021 01:30PM
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GGD
The 833 area code is just the latest toll free area code to be added, so it's the one that has numbers available for any purpose, not exclusively scammers.

It's been around for almost 4 years.

[www.fcc.gov]

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Toll free codes – 800, 888, 877, 866, 855, 844 and 833.

Toll free numbers are numbers that begin with one of the following three-digit codes: 800, 888, 877, 866, 855, 844 or 833. Although 800, 888, 877, 866, 855, 844 and 833 are all toll free codes, they are not interchangeable. Dialing a number using a 1-800 prefix would reach a different recipient than dialing that number using a 1-888 prefix. Calls to each toll free number are routed to a particular local telephone number.

The 833 area code was a bit different, there was an auction process for getting some numbers.

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The FCC made certain numbers in the 833 toll free code available via an auction. The 833 Auction is an experiment to determine how to use competitive bidding to most effectively assign toll free numbers. For more information about the 833 Auction, visit [auction.somos.com].

Right, but apparently from the article I posted, it's very easy/cheap for individuals and/or scammers to buy the numbers. Of course, this assumes that the number wasn't being spoofed, but why make it easier for scammers to do their business?

Also, FYI, I had put pretty strong telemarketer/spam call screening/blocking on my phone, and the 833 number got through fine...




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Re: Maybe a little late, but might warn seniors of this scam
Posted by: jdc
Date: May 18, 2021 01:30PM
Just dont answer the phone anymore.





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Re: Maybe a little late, but might warn seniors of this scam
Posted by: PeterB
Date: May 18, 2021 02:03PM
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jdc
Just dont answer the phone anymore.

I don't, but I do check the missed numbers, because sometimes it's a legitimate call coming from an 800 or 866 number.

Also, the average older person might not realize that these numbers can apparently be bought cheaply and used by scammers... I could very easily see them answering the phone and thinking it was the IRS.




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Re: Maybe a little late, but might warn seniors of this scam
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 18, 2021 08:16PM
I was helping a friend, looking out for his 86yo mother today.

I was talking about this particular, new to me, fraud when she got a call on her new SE2 'Phone.

She didn't recognize the number but sort of wanted to answer, so said go ahead.

It was a reminder to renew the extended warranty on her car.

She usually doesn't answer if she doesn't recognize the number, and this was a timely reminder.

'If it's important, they'll leave a message.'




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Re: Maybe a little late, but might warn seniors of this scam
Posted by: jdc
Date: May 18, 2021 08:34PM
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RAMd®d
It was a reminder to renew the extended warranty on her car.

So a scam.





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