Last week my wife received a collect phone call from xxxxxx County Jail. To make a long story short, she hesitantly accepted the call. When she tried to get his name, she was told he had just been taken for fingerprinting or some such crap. The point is, the call was disconnected after a certain amount of time, and of course she never did talk to anyone but the ‘jailer’.
Has anyone ever heard of this? This seems very much like a phone slam scam. Where by accepting the collect call, you are agreeing to change to Blahblahblah LongDistanceCompany. I shortly thereafter received a notice from my long distance carrier that my long distance phone service had been changed, and did I mean to do this? When I followed up with my local carrier (and had a pic freeze placed on my line), I discovered it was AT&T that I had been switched to. I called AT&T Residental, they had no record of my number but suggested I try the AT&T Business customer service. O.K., I tried the AT&T business line office. Yep, that was it. My residential phone number was listed under an AT&T customer called Lets Talk Cel and Wireless. As compelling as all this info is, they also show a service date of 5/8/99 which precedes the call from county jail by about two months. Are they one in the same? The AT&T rep said that the service date could very easily be wrong. Has anyone else heard of this? Anyone have any other ‘good’ scams?