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Top 7 international area codes used by scammers

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From telephone scams to email phishing scams, individuals and families across the country lose $50 billion each year due to scams, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Numerous scams revolve around targeting people’s phones. It’s important that all consumers know where a call is coming from, in order to avoid having their pockets emptied by fraudsters, according to Inc.com.

The top seven international area codes used by scammers include:

242 – Bahamas

441 – Bermuda

784 – St. Vincent and the Grenadines

246 – Barbados

473 – Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique

264 – Anguilla

868 – Trinidad and Tobago

Not all calls from these area codes are from international fraudsters, especially if you have a loved one living in one of the countries. Some of the numbers that may appear on your caller ID are premium numbers, which are often similar to 900 numbers, according to Inc.com. The target may have to pay a fee of up to $20 because the call was answered.

The best way to avoid phone scams is by not returning calls or texts from unfamiliar numbers.

Read the entire list of international area codes here.

This report contains information from Inc.com.

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