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AT&T SAYS 'TIS THE SEASON TO BE CAREFUL WITH CALLING CARDS

 MIAMI, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T is warning Floridians that calling-card-number thieves love the holiday season, too. As shoppers and travelers use their long-distance calling cards in malls and transportation hubs, they should be aware that their calling-card numbers are at the top of some criminals' wish list.
 Consumers should protect their calling cards as they would protect credit cards or cash. AT&T offers the following tips:
 -- When entering calling-card numbers on public phones, obscure the card, keypad and hand movements from prying eyes. If possible, use a phone that reads the magnetic strip on the back of your calli.D!,x9r. !Sk 4 & # ! 6R


hones are equipped with a card-swipe or card-insert feature.
 -- A criminal will pretend to have a conversation on one public phone to hear what's being said at the next phone. If you must read your number to an operator, speak softly to avoid being overheard.
 -- Customers should call their calling-card providers to learn what safeguards those companies offer. For instance, AT&T Personal Choice Calling Card customers can easily memorize their card numbers, so they don't need to carry or expose their cards to place calls. And all AT&T calling-card customers can put restrictions on their cards that prevent the cards from being used for international calls -- the favorite use of calling-card thieves.
 -- Report stolen calling cards or suspicion of fraud to your long- distance company immediately. The company will cancel the calling-card number and issue a new card to you. AT&T Calling Card customers should call 800-CALLATT.
 For a free brochure detailing these tips and other ways for consumers to protect themselves, call AT&T at 800-851-0439.
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 /CONTACT: Julie Spechler, 305-662-6411, or home, 305-922-3537, or Fernando Figueredo, 305-662-6304, or home, 305-361-5976, both of AT&T/


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