Picked this off another forum:
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.
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.
jails/prisons. I have also verified this information with UCB Telecom, Pacific
Bell, MCI, </B>Bell Atlantic and GTE. Please beware.
Ahhh. Jeeze! <G>
This is as old as the hills. It ONLY works from certain, old, very
specific PBXes. Most of the PBXes that would allow it are long gone,
converted to a central office switch based software PBX. It will not
work from your home phone unless you have Ma and Pa Kettle's Juice Can
and String telephone company. Even in that case, it probably WON'T
The key combo allows the incoming caller to be transferred to an
outgoing long distance trunk.
When you block by caller ID how do you distinguish legitimize calls from
unknowns and calls for tel marketers and other junk callers.
It you have a business handling calls from customers, old and new, you
will miss new oprotunities for sales by blocking all calls based on
Use something like PhoneTray (www.phonetray.com) -- you can block known
spammers and whitelist known customers. Works off CallerID. PhoneTray
maintains a list of known spammers which the software uses to block
calls. Of course, this only works for land lines.
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