June 17, 2007 10:49am CST
A friend just e mailed this to me I havent confirmed if it is correct or not however i am passing it on so if it is none of you will fall victim to this scam SUBJECT: 90# on your telephone I dialed '0' and asked the operator who confirmed that this was correct so please pass it on... (l also checked out Snopes.com..this is true, and also applies to cell phones!) PASS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW I received a telephone call last evening from an individual identifying himself as an AT&T Service Technician (could also be Telus) 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 !!!!!
• United States
18 Jun 07
oh no, no need to apologize, it just amazes me that these things keep going around and around. For the people who have not heard of these, this information is useful. I have just been around this for more time then most people so I have seen a lot more of it. I guess the internet if these scams are the snake oil of our times.
• United States
17 Jun 07
I am not sure that they would originate from prisons. This is 2007. Where I live all of the prisons only have collect calls with a recording saying that it is an inmate from such and such prison, will you accept the call. I would suspect that other states have adopted this practice with the prerecorded message.