Police warn against scammers calling from 473 area code

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  • sandyterry Washington, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 3:44 a.m.

    These people must be calling through the Verizon system Verizon customers, which makes it free for them. Verizon could have notified us at least to not answer through their MMS system. We called back the number twice, for a total of three minutes, and I am going to ask Verizon to not charge us for their negligence. Also, if we get any surcharges for the porn line, I am insisting Verizon refund my account!

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 2:16 p.m.

    What phone company need to do by adding unwanted phone number to their system so that it won't go to any customer phone. How hard is that?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 12:52 p.m.

    I'm on a plan that is just basic phone service. Verizon charges extra for me to block calls.

  • Farmintown Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 2, 2014 11:32 a.m.

    I received a call the other night from one of these 473 numbers, woke me up at 2:00 AM, but knew it was not right. The next day a work associate, who also received this call, had seen the postings of the scam and shared with our staff. Almost anyone with a cell phone had received the call that night.

    At least for Android phones a free application called "Mr. Number" can set up to selectively block specific numbers, force a number only to voice mail, etc. It can also block entire area codes, like this one. Set it up, very useful and working great!

  • Dugger Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 9:49 a.m.

    I got a call last night (I did not answer it) from 473-520-9772 in Grenada. BEWARE!!! I wish there was a way to block these calls.

  • Carolina45 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 9:13 a.m.

    Received a similar call this AM on my cell. Only the last 2 digits were changed from the two numbers listed above. Only one ring. I searched the number on Google and found other very recent complaints that it was related to a porn sight. Most comments were that it only had one ring. Sound like they hope you are curious enough to call them back so they can charge you for an international call.

  • Hey It's Me Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    I got a call from 473 area code several nights in a row. They came through anywhere between 1:30 am and 3:30 AM. I never answered due to the fact that It was a number I wasn't familiar with. Then I got a couple during the day. They finally quit calling. But when your getting them so often it was tempting to answer but I knew not to. You can look up any area code on computer for free and see where it is coming from. Luckily, they hung up and didn't leave a message or I probably would have been billed for the minutes of the message (I don't know that for sure but knowing cell phone co. they don't cut you a break ever)

  • mfs south jordan, ut
    Jan. 2, 2014 8:30 a.m.

    also look out for 473-520-9774

  • offenderforaword South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    I went to put this phone number in my cell phone, with "Grenada Scam", and found I had a call at 5:30 this morning. But not from the number in this article, it was from 473-520-9777.

    So watch for anything from 473-520-xxxx

    My son got the same call the other day.

  • Chris from Rose Park Hartford, CT
    Jan. 2, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    Now I'm glad that I didn't answer the phone or return the call to this number. I was in the middle of something, or else I would have answered. Being an unkown number I figured they would leave a message if it was important. They didn't so I didn't bother calling back.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Jan. 2, 2014 8:11 a.m.

    I agree with I like/live/love it. It shouldn't require that we have to be warned about this number on facebook etc. Rather, the phone system should be set up so that callers know they are calling a foreign country and/or a number that charges so much. This isn't rocket science, so I think the phone companies that allow this scam to happen should either fix the system or pick up the charges.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 7:03 a.m.

    What disgusts me is that Cell Phone companies are willing to charge people in the first place. Unless I dial a country code or 1-900, then I shouldn't be billed additionally.

    1-900 numbers ("Premium-rate telephone numbers") were designed for this purpose. But as long as someone is able to penny-pinch us, even their own families... they will.

  • Hora Cleveland, OH
    Jan. 2, 2014 6:31 a.m.

    That is scam like we Liberlas Gov have.