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‘Dial 9’ Scam Won’t Die

Briefs | 03/01/2007 5:00 am EST

Telcos are warning business and residential customers of an old phone fraud that refuses to go away. Telus Corp. and the Better Business Bureau of Mainland B.C. released a joint statement concerning the "dial 9" scam issue. People receive recorded calls claiming they’ve won a prize, and that they should press "9" to claim the prize or "8" to remove their names from the call list. Business people dialing 9 could open a dial-out line that outsiders could use for long-distance calls. A press of 8 essentially indicates to scammers that the called party might be susceptible to telephone tricks. People should never press 8 or 9 at an outside party’s request.

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