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Anyone heard of a scam involving long-distance rev
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Ana    Posted 07-02-2003 at 20:20:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We've been called twice in two weeks with someone wanting us to accept long distance phone calls. The first was from a "Gary" and our caller ID said it was from a jail. We didn't accept the charges, and he didn't call back. Tonight I got a call from a "Jerry", never a last name. My caller ID said out of area. I asked for a last name and the operator said he wasn't given a last name, so again I didn't accept the charges. Is this some kind of scam? Can they charge whoever accepts with phone calls they make to someone else? Or am I just being played with? Anyone heard anything about this? Thanks.

Juliana    Posted 07-03-2003 at 19:23:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ana, I sent you an email about this, hope it will stop this for you.

KellyGa    Posted 07-03-2003 at 04:16:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've heard of it. Supposedly they can use your number to charge phone calls to after you accept the one where they call you. DOn't know how, but thats what I hear. My Inlaws had that going on a few years ago. Just don't accept the calls and you should be okay. I guess you could find out where the call came from and call the jail or the county and complain. Just don't accept the calls though.

rhudson    Posted 07-02-2003 at 20:55:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
yeah, we've have a few in the past few weeks. i think i heard something on radio about the scam. if i remember its basically like calling a 900 number, you get billed at a high rate. the telephone (computers too) is getting to be a pipeline to the scum of the earth, right into your home.

Ron,Ar    Posted 07-02-2003 at 21:02:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
yep, I read about it too. They can't get folks to call 900 numbers so they just call you collect and then swith you to the high dollar number. Liable to talk about anything to keep you on the line,from porno to religion. Thet just want to run up the minutes and get rich

Maggie/Tx    Posted 07-02-2003 at 20:48:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ana, if you don't accept the charges, they can't charge you with anything. I think the only way you could be charged for them calling somebody else is if you cooperated and accepted charges, then did a 3-way call to the third party for the guy in jail.

We used to get all kinds of strange calls and I was one of those people who couldn't stand to hear the phone ring without answering it. We finally got a good answering machine as well as caller ID and now, if a number comes in as "out of area" or "Unavailable" or "anonymous" then they have to talk to the caller ID before we are going to talk to them.

It just may be some poor, confused guy who is getting the wrong number. Maybe in a day or two, when he has time to dry out a little more, he'll remember the right number and quit bothering you. If not, you can get Call Blocker and Anonymous Call Blocker from the phone company. That should stop him. Good luck :)

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