We are living in an age of electronics that offers all kinds of things that were never available before — some of which should be avoided. These include telephone calls from telemarketers and scammers. We've all had them and more than we'd like.
Most new telephone systems will alert you to the telephone number of an incoming call so you can tell if it's one you want — or it's possibly a telemarketer or, even worse, a scammer. Sometimes it's hard to tell, but there are certain telephone codes that should be avoided and never answered.
Among the area codes to be avoided are 242, Bahamas; 246, Barbados; 268, Antigua; 284, British Virgin Islands; 345, Cayman Islands; 441, Bermuda; 473, Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique; 649, Turks and Caicos; 664, Montserrat; 721, St. Maarten; 758, St. Lucia; 767, Dominica; 784, St. Vincent and Grenadines; 809, 829 and 849, Dominican Republic; 868, Trinidad and Tobago; 869, St. Kitts and Nevis, and 876, Jamaica.
It takes a little patience, but you can usually spot these numbers. When in doubt, don't answer the call. Let it go to voicemail and then call back if it's someone you want to talk to.
It's normal to pick up a ringing phone and respond, but that could cost you money or worse. If you don't recognize the number, don't pick it up. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Beau Weisman, Editor