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Rita forwarded this message from one of

her commanders at the Sheriff's Department:

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 them.

After checking with Verizon they said it was true, so

do not dial (9),zero(0), the pound sign # and hang up

for anyone.

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For those of you who feel tempted to dial "90#," despite this....

When you're done, I'd like to talk to you about a little deal. You see, I own this little bridge, up in New York, that I bought when I lived there. Now that I'm 1,400 miles away, it's difficult to maintain, etc; and I'm looking to sell it.....

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It's always better to be safe than sorry, however, I think that one really important item was missed out of the warning. The "90#" is a valid code, but is only valid on PBX systems, i.e. those systems that require you to dial a"9" to access an outside line. I don't know about you, but we don't have that system at home, so if you are like us, you don't have a problem. If you are at a hotel that requires you to dial "9" to access an outside line, then you could be at risk.

Bottom line, don't dial "90#" if you are staying at a hotel.

If some unknown person calls me and cannot identify themselves sufficiently, I hang up.

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I have heard about this but I doubt that it originates from a jail or prison. All of the calls from jail or prison are collect, so you would know that it wasn't an Att employee. I always check these scams online at snopes.com or some other myth website. The 90# does not work with residential phones only buisnesses that require you to dial 9 for an outside line. Check out snopes.com for the full details.

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