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LONG DISTANCE THIEVES POSING AS FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS PERPETRATE SCAMS

 BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently, many South Central Bell customers have been contacted by persons posing as employees of a telephone company, long-distance carrier, the Federal Communications Commission or a federal law enforcement agency.
 Customers have been asked to aid the "company or agency" by giving them Calling Card numbers or accepting third-party-billed calls on behalf of the "company or the agency." Most of the "stolen" calls are international calls or other expensive long-distance calls.
 "This is a scam to steal telephone service at the expense of customers," said Tom Somerville, SCB district manager. "No person from any telephone company, long-distance carrier, regulatory or other government agency will ever call you to ask for your Calling Card number or ask that you accept third-party-billed calls on their behalf."
 Somerville advised customers to refuse to give their Calling Card number or any part of the number to anyone or to accept third-party- billed calls from anyone they do not know.
 "Of course," he added, "when using Calling Cards, customers do need to enter card numbers on a touch-tone telephone, or provide it orally on a rotary phone. The difference is that you initiate that type of call.
 "These con artists sound very convincing and offer you the opportunity to confirm their credentials by calling a number they provide. Do not be fooled by this tactic."
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 /CONTACT: Ty Fondren of South Central Bell, 0-205-834-9134 (collect)/


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