Beware the 801 Area Code Phone Number Scam

Is 801 a toll free number? No, it is not.
801 Scam Alert

Everyone knows the 800 number is a toll free call (there is a list of other legitimate toll free codes further down the page).

There are media reports companies are using the 801 number in place of the 800 number in their advertising. The apparent intent being to deceive people into thinking the 801 phone number is a derivation of the 800 phone number and would therefor also be a toll free call. It is not.

The 801 number is the area code for a part of Utah. Don't know if the companies are actually putting call centers there or just having the number forward to where the company's call center really is. Either way, your next phone bill will include full long distance charges for your call to Utah.

Any company unethical enough to pull this stunt is more than likely routinely doing other unethical things as well. If you see an 801 phone number, and the company isn't already known to be primarily located in Utah, it would probably be advisable to avoid that 801 number and company altogether.

Update, 2013

The 801 area code phone number is also being used in text message scams.

Update, 2014

Beware emails having the 801 number listed in their message.

Update, 2015

The 801 area code phone number is also being used as a fake caller ID number for phishing and outright fraud and other scams. If receiving a call from this number, simply do not answer. If you see an 801 area code in your voice mail list, do not activate the message; simply delete it. Malware can as easily be sent to a phone as to a computer.

[This sure is a heck of a note for the folks who live in the 801 area code part of Utah. Wouldn't be surprised if the State of Utah were to eventually have the number changed to one that couldn't be mistaken as toll free. Not to mention the fact the number's reputation has been completely ruined anyway. (An update regarding the affected areas of Utah... The 801 area code area now has an overlay area code of 385. In other words, residents can choose which area code to be associated with.)]

Updates, 2016

The scams continue. In fact, they are getting worse. And not just the scams involving the 801 number. There are media reports all other phone scams are being ramped up as well.

There Are Six Legitimate 800 Number Toll Free Codes

According to the FTC, the current toll free codes are:
  • 800
  • 888
  • 877
  • 866
  • 855
  • 844

Updates, 2017

An apology. The hosting platform for this site is Blogger, owned by Google. I just discovered they haven't been notifying me when comments are being made and need to be moderated for publication. So if your comment doesn't show up right away, that is the reason. Going forward, I will regularly check the unmoderated comments section whether notified or not.

Please do keep posting suspicious 801 numbers. The search engines eventually index those numbers and will continue to point future potential victims here to be warned.

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45 comments:

  1. I don't know if they're related but I got a text message from 801-518-6410 that went like this:

    "Your entry has won! Go to http://rewardbestgc.com/?v9 and enter code 2012 to claim your $1000 Best Buy gift card!"

    I thought it was suspicious so I Googled the phone number and it turned out I was right. The number has been reported at http://www.callercenter.com/801-518-6410.html as being used in a scam.

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  2. someone called Alberto Munoz called me from 801-930-8778 and he told me he was calling me from my electric company, I called right away to my electric company and they do not have idea about this phone number, it is scam, i am worried because they want to send me a technician to fix something inside of my house, be carefull...

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  3. received a call from 801-889-1933 stating they wanted to prosecute me and had paperwork to "serve" me to appear in court. They are in Utah and I am in NY.. Total scam - do not fall for it.

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  4. I got a voice mail today from a Steve Martin at 801-742-7938 about helping him help me with some kind of "federal criminal offence". In Utah?

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  5. I got a text message from 8015166336 about a Honda crv 2004 for the price of 2,000 the person will not personally call but yes a scam

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  6. Has anyone investigated the origin of the scammers?

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  7. The Gaines Twp Police has this as an IRS fraud caller at 801-656-2093 as of 4-15-2015

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    1. I just got this call today from this number 801-656-2093- June 30, 2016. I didn't even say Hello, but listened for about 15 seconds and then hung up. They didn't say anything. Guess they were waiting for me to say something. I don't mess with numbers that I am not familiar with.

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  8. Just found out that Marriott Hotels Rewards Program listed their contact number with 801 area code on their website. If it is not a toll free number, then you will be paying to use this service when you call to complain about your missing points. Marriott is based in Utah.

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  9. There is an app called Whoscall that blocks all scam and telemarketers. It works wonderful.

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  10. I got a call from 1 801 701 0833 wanting to buy a boat in Fl
    Any comments

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  11. I just got a text from 801-876-8576 asking about a trolling motor we have for sale.

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  12. Yep - got the same and they sent a check for $1550 more than what item was listed as - I don't get it - what am I missing?

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    1. You will be missing your $1550 that they will ask to be refunded.

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  13. Yep - received a check for $1550 more than item was listed for - what?

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  14. Ontairo Canada, got 2 calls from 801-349-1701 on our cell phone. It cost us $0.10, for each call, on our Rogers bill this month. It's almost like it back-charged us for the caller to leave a voice message.

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  15. received a call from 801-315-5454 saying I was qualified for financial aid, scam alert and another one from 315-215-4545 an hour apart and they said to claim my prize of 1,000 another scam. be aware of any of these numbers

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  16. A woman call me from 801 number, she said I have unclaimed money, I just blocked the number.

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  17. this scammers are also using newspaper ads and other media to sell vehicles, especially Toyotas RAV4 suv. example: 2001 RAV4 great condition, no wrecks, low miles, only $3000.00, too good of a deal right? scam, they want your call, and personal info, saw it in my local newspaper, BEWARE of ph. # 801-876-7099.

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  18. put an ad in autotrader and within minutes got a text from Linda wanting to buy the car, from area code 801

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  19. should have said in the post just above here, the text from Linda, if it was really from Utah that's 2000 miles from where the car is, kinda long ways to be interested in a common car with 200,000 miles on it. now this morning have text on phone from someone in Arizona, also 2000 miles from where the car is.

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  20. just got a call from 801 566 8800, the name Harman Becker showed up, i did not answer it, i don't know anyone with that name. if i do not reconize the number or name i do not answer they left no message.

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  21. Received call from 801 692 7712,asking if item still for sale,says I am at work text my husband.

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  22. WE have another number to add to the 801 scam....801-210-7423. This one told us this was our second and last chance to reply to them before we'd be taken to court. Why don't these people get real jobs and quit trying to scam people?

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  23. Ya , just gt a call from 1-801-896 1222 " Rob Williams" claiming to a Microsoft IT guy .

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  24. Got a SCam call from 801-896-1222. Guy says he's Rob Williams Microsoft IT .

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  25. 10/19/16 @4:38 PM 801-615-0023 called. I did not answer but deleted it. I Googled the # and got this site. I am in NY State and do not know anyone from Utah, nor do I do business there.

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  26. Just got a call from Andrew (801-617-7543) from Morgan Stanley. Don't bite, its a scam!

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  27. received a call from "CompHealth" #801-930-3675 out of Midvale Utah

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  28. Spirit airlines is 801 401 2222 I refuse to call if I will be charged. Is it so hard for an Airline to use a 800 toll free?

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  29. Two calls to my cell from an 801 number I didn't know. Checked. Found this site.

    I didn't even pick up the cell - I don't answer calls from people not on my call list.

    Thanks for the info.

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  30. We got a call from Dennis Johnson 801 area code wanted to know our email address for text messages. We assumed it was for our son whose at boot camp right now. Guess not huh. Thanks for putting up here 801 scams.

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  31. Got a phone call from(801)743-5471. Didn't answer no message. Tried to call back but got the message this is a non working #. What the heck. Scammers will make a number that works for them. Says it's in Murray Ut.

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  32. Numerous calls from 801-716-1170. Have not answered. Interestingly, since I have not answered, the rings is only about 1, maybe 2 rings!

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  33. Have received several calls lately from 801 area codes and they attempt to "confirm" personal information with my student loan.

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  34. My wife had just received a phone call while she was at work on her cell phone. The caller claimed to be 'Jovan', from 801-619-6193. He claimed to be calling from a company named 'BROWZ'. Here's the catch everyone: There is a legitimate company with that name, in Utah, which is where 801 area code is located. So it is VERY EASY for scammers to 'piggy-back' an already established Company, the larger the better.
    He claimed to be calling about safety protection, procedures, etc, & that they work with a large Railroad on the east coast, etc. He wanted $795 to provide my wife with this protection. ( we have a small business, so it was a business scam this time, not personal ) .... he said the $795 would also be annually.
    Ironically, my wife & I both previously worked in a Credit / Fraud department. :(
    Bottom line:
    1. DON'T ANSWER YOUR PHONE IF YOU GET A CALL FROM 801 AREA CODE #.
    2. DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY, I MEAN ANY INFO ( EMAIL ADRS, HOME ADRS, PH #'S, EVEN IF THEY HAVE IT, AND WANT TO VERIFY IT ).
    3. ASK FOR AN ALTERNATE PH # IN CASE YOU GET DISCONNECTED SO YOU CAN CALL BACK, OR ASK FOR A DIFFERENT DEPARTMENT OR MANAGER.
    4. YOU DON'T NEED STEPS 2 OR 3, because hopefully you would've gone with your gut feeling, and NEVER HAVE ANSWERED THE PHONE ...... SMH

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  35. Calls from number 801-312-9645. Locators say it's from Murray UT. Person says he lives in Michigan. What's going on

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  36. 801-732-7196 call and said he was from FPL he needed $800.00 or the power in my office would be turned off by 4.00PM that day wanted me to pay with gift card i have auto pay for my power bill nice try AAAAAAhole!

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  37. An individual called from this number (801.896.1222), although it showed up as 622 on caller ID. He claimed to a "Microsoft Certified Technician" from the "Windows IT Department" and was calling to inform me that my PC was infected by viruses. As this was clearly a poorly executed social engineering scam (and also worth noting I don't use Windows), I challenged his claim. He told me to F*** off and hung up.

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  38. About 20 minutes ago I answered the phone and it was a pre-recorded message from "the IRS" saying they had been trying to contact me as they are initiating a lawsuit against me. They gave me a 208 area code number to call. Obviously I knew it was BS. If I had my glasses on I would have seen the call number (801) 656-2093. I just listened to the message and then hung up. What a bunch of baloney! It's tax time, so BEWARE.

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  39. 801-491-0348 called obvious scam , I asked how he got my phone number he starting laughing and hung up.

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  40. Received two phone messages by some scam guy named Mr. White with the IRS from Utah (801) telling me the same story as the anonymous guy on 3/17/17. Folks, the IRS doesn't call you they only send letters via the Post Office. Don't fall for these scam tactics!

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  41. Missed a call to my cellphone today from 801-967-7823. Suspicious as usual, I didn't call it back. I always check those iffy area codes, and I see I've got lots of company. I'm adding this to my blocked numbers.

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  42. 801-573-1167 Received two text messages one had a contact attached. I deleted it and then another text messages showed up. I did not open that one.

    I immediately got a message from one of my contacts saying they received a weird voice message that was for me about a lawsuit and that they were taking me to court. I think when I opened the first text message it stole the contact info in my phone.

    I had to block the number but also had to send out text messages to everyone in my phone telling them if they get a random message for me about a lawsuit I don't have any legal issues and to immediately delete it so their contact info is not stolen. I also told them not to open anything or answer 801 numbers.

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  43. area code 801 getting call from Det Hill or Ken Miller Anyone get the same guys calling from area code???

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