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Scam Alert: 849 Area Code Calls from the Dominican Republic

Scam Alert: 849 Area Code Calls from the Dominican Republic

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.

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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.

Confidence Scam

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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.

Further Considerations

  • 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.

One-Ring Scam

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.

Your Turn
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

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View Comments (19)


  1. Vanessa Montero

    January 21, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I got a call from this 849-866-8745 asking did I apply for a payday loan. When I saw Dominican Republic I knew it must be some type of scam, this scary knowing there are terrorist groups out there, I wonder how they are able fund and supply their organization s hello people let’s not be so eager for money that we help the enemy prosper against us America.

  2. Slater

    March 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I saw an ad for a horse trailer in two online sites. The picture of the trailer is beautiful, the price is very low, and the trailer is said to be located in Dallas, TX. The number to call for more info is 849-384-9302. Obviously, another version of the scam.

  3. Lisa

    February 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Received a text from 849-576-6239 saying i won a trip to the Bahamas and to call back 855-782-0902 within 2 hours, obviously not calling. It was sent from a computer text service ([email protected])

  4. Joy

    January 3, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    getting calls from Unknown caller, 849 203 1467. Five calls within an hour, they do not leave a message and I answered it once they do not speak, Once my husband called the number back It sounded like an old lady. Something must be done about this.

  5. Paulette

    October 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I receive calls from Out of Area, but I know these people are calling from the 849 area code, so I bought a phone with a call blocker, now that they can’t get through to a person, I get calls every morning from 9 a.m to 10:00 a.m. When they call my number, the phone rings one time, and than they hear a busy signal, they rang my phone 33 times one day. I will continue to ignore these calls, until our government do something about this. My husband, and I are both retired, and this is what we have to look forward to every morning, something needs to be done about this.

  6. rodrrigoe

    July 29, 2013 at 1:09 am

    hi! i receive a call from this number. +84974483868. i answered and they drop it. maybe they got my number in a job hunting site.

  7. Carol

    June 30, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Calls started last week. They are daily, several times a day. This morning the first one came in around 4 am then at 7 am then 11 am. I do not answer any of the calls. No voice mails are left by the caller.

    These people have found a way to disguise their number by adding one digit to their number which appears on my caller ID as: 84979895280.

  8. Richard

    May 6, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    The best part of continuing to receive these calls is that they still haven’t stolen your personal information yet!! Be happy!

  9. Phyllis

    May 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I received another call from these folks today, this time I answered it, I prssed 2 but a live person came on the phone, I bet he was sorry he did because I called him every name in the book, he never said anything I told him not to call my number again ever but not as nicely. It will not stop them, but I am sick of these phone calls, I am sick of reporting them, nobody does a thing about it. I have been reporting the credit card interest people for over five years and still they call. This number has just started calling me every day. When you have heart trouble, had a stroke last July slight one, you don’t need to be harassed I don’t know why I have this phone, the only people that use it are scammers and thieves.

  10. Joan

    May 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I just got a call from 84*-935-5808. Since I know NOONE in the Dominican Republic, I have NO clue who this is. CALL WAS NOT ANSWERED BY ANYONE HERE!!! No Message Left!

  11. Bab

    April 17, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I received a phone call this evening around 8 PM from 849-965-5855. I did not answer it and there was no message left.

  12. Marion

    April 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Received 2 calls today from the 849 area code – didn’t answer either one of them. I deleted the first call before deciding to Google it – here is the second number that called 1-849-299-1915 and the call display shows V04180332070023. FYI – I am located in Canada so they are probably calling numbers all over the world.

  13. WC

    April 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    This week (04/08-12) received 2 calls, one from Albania (855) and one from Santa Domingo (849). Just wonder how they got my number.

  14. Jellybean

    April 11, 2013 at 7:31 am

    I just started getting calls, but my phone carrier can block any caller that does not have a clear name. So when I pick up phone it disconnects them.

  15. FS

    April 10, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I did have to laugh at your remark under Further Considerations. listing “these are foreign callers, they do not respect the U.S Do Not Call Registery”, are you kidding? When has that stopped any calls, foreign or otherwise?

    When I saw the Dom Republ Call on ID I didn’t answer. They left no message and I just blocked all calls from that area code. I’ve been told that each time caller ID is activated, these callers get a fee. Tenths of a penny but thousands of calls a day add up. We need to change these rules somehow, hoping someone out there knows more about this.

    • waffles

      April 10, 2013 at 7:52 am

      Ok you got a chuckle out of us here, too. There definitely is lack of respect of the Do Not Call Registry even from domestic callers.

  16. Ann

    April 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    The “Do Not Call List” has no effect on robo-calls from telemarketers or scammers. About four months ago I decided I would not answer any calls, local or long distance, wherein the caller(s) did not identify themselves. I’ve decided that somewhere along the line my phone number was sold along the same lines that email addresses get sold to scammers. I was being inundated by calls at all times of day and even on Sundays, which I attributed to the fact they were desperate because I didn’t answer and they were hoping I would on a Sunday. Whenever I got one of these mysterious calls, I would write down the number and then google it to see what I could find out about it. I would read postings like the ones here and one day I read one from a guy who was praising a gadget called Digitone Call Blocker and what it could do. He said that it cost $92 but was worth every penny. He posted their website so I checked it out. After reading all about it and deciding it was user friendly, I decided to order it. It arrived at my house in 3 days. Best money I ever spent. It’s easy to use. I have stopped all these calls in their tracks. It’s so peaceful at my house, I can’t believe it. You have the ability to block a single call or you can block entire area codes, such as “849”. I did a lot of research before ordering this blocker and among other things found out there are at least 9 area codes they say you should never answer a call from because they are scammers. You can block up to 80 numbers. I did call them about a question on blocking and talked with a very nice gentleman who answered my questions without making me feel like he was doing me a favor by answering the phone. And he was here in the US, not India or some other place.

  17. b

    March 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    They have called my mother’s house 5 times today alone!!

  18. Jeremey

    March 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    That number (849-963-4899) called me as well & I just let him have the machine to talk to. They left no message.

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