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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 82, Autumn 1999

Typical E-mail Hoax about a Telephone Scam

The following hoax fools many people.
“I received a telephone call today from an individual identifying himself
as an AT&T Service Technician who was conducting a test on our 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 allows them to place long distance telephone calls
billed to your home phone number. I was further informed that this scam has
been originating from many of the local jails/prisons. I have also verified
this information with UCB telecomm, Pacific Bell, MCI, Bell Atlantic, GTE
and NYNEX. 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.”