Businesses warned of phone scheme
Bell Atlantic has issued a warning of a phone scheme that is circulating on the Internet.
In the latest version of an old scheme, a person posing as a representative of the phone company contacts a business under the guise of testing the business' phone service. He asks the person at the other end of the line to push several buttons and hang up.
In many cases, this will give the caller access to the company's telephone account, Bell officials said.
"You get your phone bill and then lo and behold, there are calls to Greece, Turkey, Africa - wherever," said Harry Mitchell, a spokesman for Bell Atlantic.
Mitchell said a company in Virginia within the last month was bilked out of $3,800 in that way. He said someone unsuccessfully tried to pull a similar scheme on a New Jersey firm on Thursday.