Have you received a call from the 849 area code and you're not sure who it is? Today we'll try to shed some light on this specific type of caller, which is someone you should definitely avoid.
849 is the Dominican Republic.
Because of the location of the number, unless you have some connection to this country, you should avoid talking to these people. In some cases they are telemarketers, but most often they are con artists.
There are a couple of different scams that may involve calls from the 849 area code.
We were alerted by a user to the number 849-963-4857, which had been calling them repeatedly in early 2013. The sales pitch of this particular number discussed seniors, medicare, and diabetes. What the goal of these callers appears to be is to gain your social security number, and thus your identity. They may tell you that you are eligible to receive free diabetes supplies through medicare, and will ask for your social security number to file a claim for your “free” equipment. It’s a complete scam with the sole purpose of stealing your identity.
Do not talk to these people, and if you answer, do not give them any personal information.
- Pressing 2 to be removed from their list will actually send you to a live operator who may not be very cooperative.
- Because these are foreign callers, they will not respect the U.S. Do Not Call Registry.
- There are many 849 currently hounding U.S. consumers (see list below).
- You are better off ignoring these calls.
- Avoid calling the number back because it is an international call.
In 2014, a new scam which includes the 849 area code was announced by the BBB and FTC. The one-ring scam involves a phone call from the 849 area code (and others) which rings once and then hangs up. Those consumers who call back out of curiosity are hit with a $19.95 charge and hefty per-minute fees. See our full write-up about the one ring scam.
If you’ve been called by an 849, we’d like to hear from you. Let us know what they said and what number called.
Updated February 12, 2014