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Unless You Know Someone There, Don’t Answer Calls from These Area Codes

Unless You Know Someone There, Don't Answer Calls from These Area Codes - The Beacon


By: Tom

Unless You Know Someone There, Don’t Answer Calls from These Area Codes

Recently the Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller, provided information regarding calls from area codes from whence many scams originate.  Your BBB® also wants you to be aware of calls from these area codes. If you see a number or receive a voicemail message with area codes of 473, 809, 284, 649 and 876, don’t answer the phone, and don’t return calls unless you have friends or relatives in those areas.

One type of scam that is generated from these area codes use premium services which will charge their victims up to $20.00 for the first minute.  The objective is to keep you on the line for as long as possible to rack up higher charges.

Attorney General Zoeller advises not to pick up your phone when you see numbers with area codes of 000 or 123 either.  He also advises not to answer calls from the 202 area, which is the area code for Washington, D.C. unless you’re expecting calls from a government agency.  As we’ve noted in other posts, government agencies, like the Department of the Treasury or the IRS won’t call you regarding tax issues, but you’ll receive written correspondence via mail from them.

Scammers may actually mimic your own phone number or a number that is a few digits off from yours, which may arouse your curiosity, causing you to pick up the phone only to learn that you’re being scammed.  Other tricks of the trade involve the use of generic sounding names such as home security services, card management services, or the like. You’ll want to avoid answering those numbers.  If you do answer, you will only be letting the scammer know that they’ve reached a working number that they may sell to other scammers.  The other danger is that once your number is sold, the scammer may use your number to perpetrate their special scam against others.  To learn more about these scams, go to or visit the Indiana Attorney General’s site at

If you’re a resident of Indiana, the deadline for this quarter for the Do-Not-Call list is midnight on Tuesday, August 16.  You may call 1.888.834.9969 or visit to register.

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Tom is Vice President for the Tri-State Better Business Bureau. In addition to answering the needs of our accredited businesses, Tom can be seen on WEVV providing tips for businesses and consumers. He also works closely with other local media outlets to keep our community informed of marketplace issues affecting our area.