Saturday, November 15, 2008


I just received an email from a long-time client with a warning about a new scam, and though I would pass it along to my readers.

I dialed '0' and asked the operator who confirmed that this was correct so please pass it on. l also checked out This is true, and also applies to cell phones!
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!
Thanks, Jim, for spreading the word!


jonathan hickman said...

You can't trust these emails when they say they checked snopes. That's part of the scam.

Apparently it's partially true but insanely unlikely.

Robert D Flach said...


Thanks for the word.

To be honest, I trusted the source of the email (a long-time client and long-time Verizon - formerly NJ Bell - employee) so I did not take the time to verify it myself.

Perhaps I will be more "diligent" in the future - but I thought it better to be safe than sorry.

Thanks again!