scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: 90#
Gary Rayson (garayson@NMSU.EDU
Thu Mar 23 2000 - 10:38:37 CST
>From: WRobin4283@aol.com [mailto:WRobin4283@aol.com]
>Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2000 9:58 PM
>Subject: (no subject)
>Re: DIALING 90#
> > This is scary to think that our kids are answering the phones.
> > Important, please read.
> >This can happen at home and at work, everyone should be
> >aware...I've sent this to all my friends last Friday night and I've
> >already had 3 e-mail me and say that it's already happened to them.
> > 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
> >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.
> > 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.
> > >>
Gary D. Rayson
New Mexico State University
Box 30001 MSC 3C
Las Cruces, NM 88003
fax: (505) 646-2649
"You do not really understand something unless you can explain
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- Albert Einstein