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Friday, August 28, 2009
90# on your telephone
Here is a semi true fact that has been circulating again on the net. True for businesses, and other places that use a PBX phone system (Pressing '9' for an outside line) -- it does not affect private phones! So just posting this to clarify if you get an email about it. Below is the body of the email:
Re: 90# on your telephone.
I dialed '0' and asked the operator to confirm if this was correct, so please pass it on.
I received a telephone call last evening from an individual identifying himself as a Telus Serviceman, who was conducting a test on the telephone-lines. He stated that to complete the test I should touch nine (9) and then zero (0), followed by the pound sign (#), and then to hang up.
Luckily, I was suspicious, and I refused.
Upon contacting the telephone company, I was informed that by pushing 90#,you are giving 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 of B.C.Alta.Ont.NB. local jails and prisons.
DO NOT press 90# for ANYONE !
The GTE Security Department requested that I share this information with EVERYONE I KNOW.
After checking with Telus, they said it was true, so do not dial 90# for anyone!PLEASE HIT THAT FORWARD BUTTON AND PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
Vivian Thompson, Crime & Fraud Prevention Coordinator, District 5 South Surrey RCMP, British Columbia.
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