I've just received an e-mail warning me about "Never using '90#' on
It says the usual BOLLOX:
> 90# on your telephone
Here's a hint.
> I dialed '0' to check this out, and the operator confirmed
that this was correct, so please pass it on.. (l also checked out
snopes.com and truthorfiction.com This is true, and also applies
to cell phones!)
> PASS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW
> 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 !!!!! PLEASE HIT THAT FORWARD BUTTON AND
PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!
If any of these messages talk about 'checking with Snopes'
or 'checking with Microsoft' ... then there is a
99.999999999999999% possibility it is a HOAX. (Because Snopes itself
is a CIA HOAX)
I have NEVER seen one ... which contained those claims ...
that WASN'T a Hoax.
ALWAYS ... ALWAYS ... ALWAYS ... check these things out with
... before adding to the stream of rubbish that seems to
circulate - endlessly - around the Interweb.