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Phone scams and how to avoid them

There're quite a few phone scams out there that could cost you money. Being aware of these illegal practices will help you avoid becoming a victim.

809 area code scam
Making unaware international calls is what the 809 scam is about.

9 - 0 - # scam
Allowing people to make calls using your phone line.

Careless dialing
When using a popular collect call service make sure you dial carefully to avoid misspelling the number and, as a result paying more than expected for the call.

Cell phone fraud
Cellular fraud (cell fraud) is defined as the unauthorized use, tampering, or manipulation of a cellular phone or service.

Phone bill cramming refers to unauthorized or misleading charges placed on your telephone bill.

Internet modem switch scam
Getting billed for international calls when using local (domestic) Internet service providers to access web sites.

Mexico collect call scam
This scam originates in Mexico and seems to be prevalent in Spanish-speaking communities in California, Texas, Florida, New York and Illinois. The scam is targeted at Spanish-surnamed consumers.

Slamming is the illegal practice of changing a consumer’s telephone service without permission. New consumer protection rules created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provide a remedy if you’ve been slammed.

Telemarketing scam
Claiming to be a telephone company employee a stranger will try to gather your personal info.

Unwanted faxes
Just because your fax number is published or distributed does not mean others have permission to send you unsolicited advertisements.