The following hoax has been confirmed by Telstra and the Victorian Police. Read below for one man’s account with the scam.
Got a call last night from an individual identifying himself as an Telstra Service technician who was conducting a test on our telephone lines. He stated that to complete the test I should touch nine (9), zero (0), hash (#) and then hang up. Luckily, I was suspicious and refused.
Upon contacting the telephone company, I was informed that by pushing 90#, you give the requesting individual full access to your telephone line, which allows them to place long distance telephone calls billed to your home phone number.
DO NOT press 90# for ANYONE.
Feel free to pass this information on to any friends, family or businesses.