Originally Posted By: ajalowsky
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In an email:
90# on the telephone
PASS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW
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
DO NOT press 90# for ANYONE.
The GTE Security Department requested that I share
this information with EVERYONE I KNOW.
PLEASE pass this on to everyone YOU know.
If you have mailing lists and/or newsletters from
organizations you are connected with, I encourage
you to pass on this information to them.
After checking with Verizon they said it was true,
so do not dial (9),zero (0), the pound sign # and
hang up for anyone.