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5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
UI telecommunications officials warn about telephone scam
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa telecommunications officials are
warning UI employees and others about a telephone scam that has apparently
cropped up again.
UI Telecommunications has had reports of people receiving phone calls
from a person claiming to be a service technician or employee of a telephone
company or long distance service provider. The caller says he is testing
phone lines and asks that the person dial 90 and the pound key (#) and
then hang up, says William Cleveland of the University's Information Technology
Services Customer Relations office.
"You don't want to do what they ask, because if you do, the caller
has your phone line and can make just about as many long distance calls
as he wishes to make," Cleveland explained. "And since you actually
allowed them to have access to your line, it can be difficult to get out
of paying the bills."
"The best thing to do is simply hang up," Cleveland adds.
"Or you can ask for the person's name and phone number and offer
to call them back. Do not, under any circumstances, give the caller any
information. No telephone or communications company does business that
University employees who receive such calls at work should call their
local police department (Iowa City or Coralville) and ITS Customer Relations
(335-5966). Anyone who receives such calls at home should call their local
police department and their phone company.