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- Subject: 90# Phone Scam
- From: jpwykoff(--nospam--at)mmm.com
- Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 08:08:00 -0500
With the usual disclaimers, I am forwarding the following telephone scam warning for your consideration: Be on alert to the following: Got this at work and thought I'd share . I received a telephone call from an individual identifying himself as an AT&T Service Technician that was running a test on our telephone lines. He stated that to complete the test we should touch nine (9),zero (0), pound sign (#) and hang up. Luckily, we were suspicious and refused. Upon contacting the telephone company we were informed that by pushing 90# you end up giving the individual that called you access to your telephone line and allows them to place a long distance telephone call, with the charge appearing on your telephone call. We were further informed that this scam has been originating from many of the local jails/prisons. I have verified with UCB Telecomm that this actually happens. Please beware. This sounds like an Urban Legend - IT IS NOT!!! I called GTE Security this morning and verified that this is definitely possible and DO NOT press 90# for ANYONE. It will give them access to your phone line to make long distances calls ANYWHERE!!!! The Security department told me to go ahead and share this information with EVERYONE I KNOW!!! Could you PLEASE pass this on. If you have mailing lists and/or newsletters from organizations you are connected with, I encourage you to include this information. Jeff Wykoff, PE, CE, SE, depending on what state (geographical) I am in. jpwykoff(--nospam--at)mmm.com
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