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I was sent this warning by a friend and thought I would pass on to the
discussion list. As far as I know this warning is for real.
Subject: FW: Public Service Notice!
>> Thought you might be interested in this information.
>> This can happen at home and at work, everyone should beware ... I've
>> sent this to all my friends Friday night and I've already had 3 email
>> me and say that it's already happened to them. Pass this along to
>> anyone that you can.
>> 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 bill.
>> 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 GTE 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.
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