Returning calls to area codes 809, 284 and 876 can cost big bucks.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department in a press release said this is how it works: “A caller will leave a message similar to, ‘Hey, this is Karen. Sorry I missed you--get back to us quickly. I have something important to tell you.’ The caller will repeat a phone number beginning with 809. Other message ploys can be in the form of a sick/injured/deceased relative, someone arrested or you have won a wonderful prize/lottery. When you call back the number you will typically get a recording that strings you along. The longer they keep you on the phone the more they can charge you. Charges have been reported in the range of $25/minute and up.”