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Ask Andy: Dialing up debt

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(WMC-TV) - The Federal Communications Commission says scammers now target cell phones just as often as landlines.

Scammers will either sent a voicemail or e-mail urging someone to call a number with a specific area code, such as 809, 284, 876 or 649.

You may think it is OK to call these number because they look like ordinary American area codes covered by your wireless contract, but do not make the call.

These area codes are for places like the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Virgin Islands. If you call, you could pay long distance fees and not realize it until you get your bill.

Do not respond to any e-mail or messages from any number you do not recognize. If you never make international calls, you can call your wireless company and tell them to block all international calls to or from your phone.

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