90# on the telephone - a SCAM
From: Madelyn Buchanan
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2005 7:05 AM
Subject: 90# on the telephone
90# on the telephone
PASS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW
FOR QUESTIONS GO TO:http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/jailcall.asp
Web-Master addtion: From Snopes.com on this issue, it ends up with:
The moral of this story is, to paraphrase Josef Stalin, "Trust no one, not even yourself." If a caller is unknown to you and his story sounds fishy, hang up.
I received a telephone call last evening from an individual identifying himself as an AT&T Service technician who was conducting a test on telephone lines. He stated that to complete the test I should touch nine(9), zero(0), the pound sign (#), and then hang up.
Luckily, I was suspicious and refused.
Upon contacting the telephone company, I was informed that by pushing
90#, you give the requesting individual full access to your telephone line, which enables them to place long distance calls billed to your home phone number.
I was further informed that this scam has been originating from many local jails/prisons. I have also verified this information with UCB Telecom,Pacific Bell, MCI, Bell Atlantic and GTE. Please beware.
DO NOT press 90# for ANYONE.
The GTE Security Department requested that I share this information with EVERYONE I KNOW.