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Woodville P.D. warns of phone scam
Tyler County Booster - May 2009
Forget about all those phony Nigerian money making schemes you read about on the net. Woodville Police Chief Scott Yosko wants to warn everyone that there is a phone scam going around that can really cost you money! The setup is simple. You get a phone call from someone you’ve never heard of asking for someone you’ve never heard of. When you tell the caller he has the wrong number, he asks you, in a panicked voice to please not hang up, telling you he has been picked up by the police for, example, an outstanding traffic warrent, and the jail will allow him only one phone call to someone to pick his kids up for school. If you agree to make the call for him, he will tell you to dial her number in a certain way, which actually sets your phone up for call forwarding and then unlimited calls can be received from anywhere at your expense. This is just an example of how the scam is run. The bottom line, according to Yosko, is to never dial *72 at the request of a stranger on the phone. When you dial that sequence, all your incoming calls will ring at another number. The original caller’s partner-in-crime can accept all collect and third party calls, while telling your callers they have a wrong number. Because you are unaware of it, it may take several days before you notice. And you will be responsible for the cost. Of course, this only works if you subscribe to Call Forwarding from your phone company.