Avoid using phone cards in airports
Mon, 17 May 1999 11:49:51 -0400
The attached was circulated by one of the guys I work with. Not just a
rumor or an urban legend, this happened to him.
>>From my painful experience of last week, I highly recommend that you avoid
>using payphones in airports. [A co-worker] also had problems a couple of
>weeks ago; he has his own story, different from mine.
>I flew into Chicago/O'Hara on my way from Mexicoa Citty to BWI. I found my
>departure gate and tried to call my wife. I picked a payphone, heard a
>dial tone, and keyed in my personal ATT phone card number. After going
>through the usual drill and waiting for the ring at the other end, the line
>went dead. I tried to get a dial tone again, but the phone seemed to be
>completely dead. So I picked another one and made a successful call. What
>I didn't realize was the first phone was really an open line to New York
>where my phonecard tones were being recorded. This was about 9:00pm Friday
>evening. About noon the next day, an ATT investigator called me and
>through our discussion he indicated that my phonecard number had probably
>been intercepted and sold. At that moment, there were about 730 minutes of
>phone charges (that's over 12 continuous hours). They originated from New
>York, Georgia, and some calls were to Spain. I am not looking forward to
>my next phone bill...
>So, my advice is BE CAREFUL. I'm going back to two cans and a string.
Richard Barth *** W3HWN@AMRAD.ORG *** Silver Spring MD