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Recent Area Code Scam

Beware of a recent area code scam that has been surfacing recently in the United States. This long distance phone scam tricks consumers into incurring expensive charges to their phone bills. In most cases, people will receive an email or text message telling them to call a phone number with an 809, 649, 284 or 876 area code for compelling reasons such as to collect a prize or find out information about their sick family member. The consumer, unaware that an area code scam is even possible, dials the number. Instead of connecting to somebody within the United States, it dials Canada or the Caribbean phone numbers and charges international call rates to the unexpected victim. Usually, consumers don’t find out they’ve incurred a large phone bill until they receive their bill.

Investigation Hotline recommends the following to protect yourself from area code scams:

  • Do not return calls to numbers that are unfamiliar to you. To stay safe, only return calls from numbers that contain familiar or recognizable area code. If you suspect the number may be suspicious, you can call a long distance operator to confirm the legitimacy of the area code.
  • Inspect your telephone bill thoroughly. Ensure that you only receive charges from your provider of choice and that you understand all charges on your bill. If you’ve recently changed service providers, you will receive a final bill and a notice of service disconnection.

If you believe that you have been scammed:

  • Call the carrier whom the charge originated. Their name and toll-free phone number should be printed on the same bill page as the charge in question. Usually, the issue can be resolved with a single call.

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Jennifer Schneider
2 weeks
A serious error in judgment on my behalf has put me at risk of ID theft. During a phone call I supplied personal info to someone who I believed was with Revenue Canada. Immediately after I realized I had fallen for the CRA scam. Shame on me!  Since the incident I've been frantically taking steps to fend off the dire repercussions that such a mistake can have. This has included: Filing a police report, Filing a report with the Canada Anti Fraud center, Adding flags to my bank accounts, Putting up Fraud alerts on the 2 main credit bureau's. I've even purchased some Identity theft tracker software to monitor my info. I contacted Investigation hotline to see if there was any additional measures I could take. The agent applauded me on the steps I had already taken. They also had knowledge about the CRA phone scam itself that helped settle my nerves somewhat. With all the fear and anxiety I've been enduring for the last while it was assuring to speak with someone familiar with the actual risk potential.
Jennifer Schneider
1 month
I called investigation hotline after I provided somebody a home renovation and they refused to pay, I tried to bring them to court- hired a lawyer and found out I was given false information on the contract. After speaking with Mitch and explaining my situation I felt that he sincerely cared about my case and was quick to find out the information I needed. Within a couple of days, he had all the information I needed. I could not thank Mitch enough. I would highly recommend investigation hotline to anybody as I feel they are experts in the field and act fast and work efficiently. I felt that Mitch had a deep understanding of what I was going through and was empathic and understanding. I could not thank him enough and will be using this service again if needed. Kaitie S
Jennifer Schneider
1 month
I needed help with fining out some information to bring somebody to court. Within a day I had everything I needed to fill out the court papers. I could not thank Mitch and his team enough. I am so glad I stumbled across investigation hotline. I highly recommend contacting Mitch if your looking for this type of service.
Jennifer Schneider
2 months
Apr 02, 2018 I needed an investigator on Sunday Easter Week End. No one cared about the situation except this Company. The investigator was dispatched to the location without minutes. did not care about the Money to be prepaid or secured. The investigator took it personal. He felt of my situation and Specially when it came to my kids issues. My Ex-wife was cheating in a hotel north east of Toronto. He Located her within 1/2 Hour. This a true story; I never thought Investigator cared about the situation but the money.. This company did not care about the money, they finished the job, send me the invoice and i Paid him more than what he asked for. Sometimes money does not mean any thing to some one wants to get a load off his back and find the truth about his wife,,,, FOR SURE THIS COMPANY TOOK A HUGE LOAD OFF MY BACK. THANK YOU SO MUCH JOE MICHIGAN
Jennifer Schneider
6 months
All I can say is that the team at Hotline Investigation is absolutely amazing. They are genuine and care about helping you out in anyway they can! They do their best to ensure the best results. I cannot thank them enough for fixing my situation! The Investigation Hotline is the best choice.
Jennifer Schneider
8 months
Mitchell and his team of Investigators are an really extraordinary professionals. In less than 5 hours after first discussing with Mitchell about my case, Mitchell and his team had solved my case and I got the information I've been searching for some time. I want to emphasize that I am from Serbia and the person who I try found lives in Canada. I really surprised with Mitchell and his team how they quickly my case was solved. I'm really grateful to Mitchell and his team and I do not know what to add yet, thank you, thank you and guys are the best.
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