A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Mike Burkes
Date: 2004 Feb 15, 09:22 -0800
> For Your Information
> 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
> After checking with Verizon they said it was true, so do not dial
> (9),zero(0), the pound sign # and hang up for anyone.
> PLEASE PASS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW