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Phone Scam Using Texas Prison Number

Updated: Wednesday, August 13 2014, 04:29 PM CDT

You'd probably have a hard time sharing sensitive information with a convict even if it meant helping a loved one in an accident.  But the Better Business Bureau says that's what families across the nation are doing, without even realizing it. And what's worse, the accident never happened.

The BBB says people all over the country are getting phone calls in the middle of the night -- from a Houston number -- telling them their relative has been in an accident.

The automated voice tells them to dial star 7-2 and another set of numbers.

"What you've done, you've actually call-forwarded your own phone number to another phone number," says Cathleen Kalligan with the BBB.

That other number rings inside a Texas prison. And once an inmate has control of your number the BBB says they can authorize expensive collect calls.

If you did receive one of these calls and you dialed that number all you have to do is dial star 7-3 to stop the call forwarding.

But if some time has passed you could be charged for any collect calls made with your number.

Phone Scam Using Texas Prison Number


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