Phone scam alert from OHP

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has received numerous telephone calls from alarmed citizens that have received messages stating that there has been a serious, sometimes fatal accident on a highway, and that their phone number was listed on a cell phone found inside the vehicle involved in the crash. They are then instructed to dial an exact sequence of numbers beginning with *72.

According to AT&T, *72 is a custom feature for call forwarding. When a
customer dials *72 followed by a telephone number, the call forwarding feature is activated, causing all of the customer’s incoming calls to ring to another number. These calls can be forwarded to a land line or pay phone, and even override the inability of cell phones to accept collect calls. A third party will accept the charges for these calls, and they will be billed back to you, because your telephone number is where the forwarded calls originated. You may not even realize what has happened for several days.

This latest scam is occurring in other states as well. If you receive one of these calls, do not call the number you are given. Please report these calls to your local law enforcement agency.


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  • by Al Location: Texas on Sep 6, 2008 at 06:30 PM
    So, anonymous, you think drug dealing and terrorism are real jobs. I repeat, these are people too sorry to get money the honest way. A job.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 4, 2008 at 07:08 PM
    This has nothing to do with people being "lazy" nor out of work. This scam runs deep. It can be used from simple drug deals/criminal intent to the terrorist extreme. The one thing these "guys" count on is the very attitude we display. Wake up to the world around us. There are hate/fundamentalist groups that will doing and try anything to destroy our freedom and way of life. The thing we think of as cheap and lazy may be the one thing(s) that kills us all.
  • by Al Location: Texas on Sep 4, 2008 at 02:16 PM
    Julie, that would be people who are too lazy and sorry to work and pay their own way in life.
  • by julie Location: tx on Sep 4, 2008 at 01:50 PM
    what kind of people think of this stuff?
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