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Scam Alert - Pressing #-9-0 for Telephones

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posted on Mar, 8 2009 @ 09:03 PM
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just got this in an email

90# on your telephone



I received a telephone call last evening from an individual identifying
himself as an AT&T Service Technician (could also be Telus or Bell) who was
conducting a test on the 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 DO NOT press 90# for ANYONE.

The GTE Security Department requested that I share this information with
EVERYONE I KNOW.

After checking with Verizon they also said it was true, so do not dial 90# for
anyone !!!!!
PLEASE HIT THAT FORWARD BUTTON AND PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE
YOU KNOW!!!

(l also checked it out on Snopes.com www.snopes.com...
This is true, and also applies to cell phones!)

PASS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW


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and no, not my shouting caps lock, too lazy to convert over to lower case :w:




posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 04:09 AM
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Dang... is that only in the USA or world wide? Im in NZ so it would be interesting to know....


MW31



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 05:45 AM
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wow I hope this doesn't go for Australia.

I wonder how long it took to find this out.
"ok now press 111, anything happen? no? ok, press 1,1,#, anything happen?..."



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 01:53 PM
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Originally posted by iced_blue

wow I hope this doesn't go for Australia.

I wonder how long it took to find this out.
"ok now press 111, anything happen? no? ok, press 1,1,#, anything happen?..."


hehe thanks, this one really makes for a few laughs

ok, try 1-4-2, wtf? hello? where did they go?

or

6-6-6 -*voice then answers "Hello, this is the redline in ...." "who is this?"



posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 02:23 PM
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Umm... no. It doesn't apply to cell phones or residential lines. Only to large businesses, hospitals, or any facility large enough to have a PBX - one of those big phone systems that require you to dial a "9" to get an outside line.

Check your link again. Unless you're behind a switchboard that has the capability to transfer someone to an "outside line", you're immune.



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