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about an alleged scam where people trick you into dialing "90#" which is supposed to give them control of your phone line. The warning is fake, however - it's an urban legend. There is no risk in dialing "90#". ...asked if there's a virus involved, and there isn't. The "90#" warning is not a virus, just a hoax. Actually it's more along the lines of an urban legend than a hoax, since we think it originated back when some phones actually _were_ vulnerable to 90#, long long ago. The warning has been going around since, and unlike a virus which infects your computer (or a virus that infects your body) hoax warnings infect your _mind_, and then you pass them on to other people's minds by repeating the warnings. These warnings usually push your fear button so insistently that your B.S.-detection circuits don't kick in. :^) It's all pretty harmless, but whenever one of these emails looks too weird to be true, it's always a good idea to go to and look up words from the email along with the search word "hoax." -------------- Subject: #90 on the telephone PASS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW 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.