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Friday, August 28, 2009

90# on your telephone

The More You Know

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.

*Thanks, DW, Gary and several others!!!

1 comment:

daryn the phone guy said...

doesn't do anything on SaskTel Centrex phones, All it will do is give you an operator. If someone has a Butt-in they wouldn't need to have you give access you could do it yourself by pressing 9 for an outside line.