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Richard Bercot 
Posted: 12-Dec-2003, 04:02 AM
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THIS WAS PASSED TO ME.

Subject: Read and Beware

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 beware.

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 nine (9), zero (0), the pound sign # and hang up for anyone.

PLEASE PASS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW


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Posted: 12-Dec-2003, 06:28 AM
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Snopes has more information on this, and other, telephone scams:
http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/scams/jailcall.htm


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Posted: 12-Dec-2003, 08:10 AM
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QUOTE (Mailagnas maqqas Dunaidonas @ Dec 12 2003, 06:28 AM)
Snopes has more information on this, and other, telephone scams:
http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/scams/jailcall.htm

Mailagnas maqqas Dunaidonas,

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  Posted: 12-Dec-2003, 08:52 AM
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QUOTE (Richard Bercot @ Dec 12 2003, 04:02 AM)
THIS WAS PASSED TO ME.

Subject: Read and Beware

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 beware.

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 nine (9), zero (0), the pound sign # and hang up for anyone.

PLEASE PASS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW

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Posted: 12-Dec-2003, 08:57 AM
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Oh Darn Richard I was going to call you and ask you to do that very thing for me today. And Thank you for using Bell South.

Good thing you told me. Thanks for the heads up!

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Posted: 12-Dec-2003, 09:58 AM
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Thanks for the heads up!!!!!


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Posted: 12-Dec-2003, 04:33 PM
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Wow thanks man this is some good advice. thumbs_up.gif


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Posted: 12-Dec-2003, 07:19 PM
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Thanks for the warning.


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  Posted: 12-Dec-2003, 11:58 PM
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Thanks Richard!

What will they come up with next!?! mad.gif tomcat.gif


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Posted: 13-Dec-2003, 03:08 PM
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I thought I would add a con that I became aware of this week.
I recieved an email from an American company stating that either a friend or myself had registered my email address on their site and that I had won an Xbox and 5 games.They said that I would only pay for postage. Now I know what you are thinking.... "No one gets anything for nothing" and you are right but we all want to believe that we can win don't we? unsure.gif
I worked my way through the pages for my name and address but major alarm bells started ringing when they asked for the postage money. They wanted details of a debit card (not credit ) but they also wanted my PIN number!
Of course I did not send them, I did a quick search on the net and this company has been operating for a while under different names and people have been stung - they use the details to take money out of the account from abroad.
The name they used was Prize-Giveaway.com. furious.gif mad.gif furious.gif


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Posted: 13-Dec-2003, 03:24 PM
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Tartangal, thumbs_up.gif

Thank you for the Heads Up too. It looks like we may need a Thread called "Heads Up" just for things like this. sad.gif Sad isn't it.
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Posted: 13-Dec-2003, 05:09 PM
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Richard you saved the day!

I have a client who had that happen and I had just told her about the #90 notice.
She called me to tell me someone had just called her and tried it on her.

She thanks you!
My customer's thank you!
I Thank you!
All Thank you!

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Posted: 13-Dec-2003, 09:57 PM
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...and I thank you!

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