Phone Losers

of America:

The Complete

Zine Collection


Introduction

by RedBoxChiliPepper

October 11th, 2011

Back in 1994, my friend El Jefe and I started up this little thing called the Phone Losers of America, which immediately turned into an electronic ‘zine that was distributed on bulletin board systems around the world.  The PLA ’zine covered many of the topics that were popular on underground bulletin boards at the time, including computer hacking and phone phreaking.  What set our ’zine aside from other similar text files was the weird humor and complete nonsense that we threw in with the otherwise informative material.  Readers often had a tough time distinguishing between what was imaginary and what was real when reading the PLA ’zine.  This book is a complete compilation of the PLA ’zine.

The mid-90’s were a fun time for us, full of brand-new technology to play around with, making it an ideal time to write a technology ’zine in.  We had cellular phones that could easily be turned into scanners so that we could listen in on other cellular phone conversations.  The cordless phones in peoples’ homes could be monitored by any police scanner.  Voicemail companies began popping up all over the country and a large portion of their customer base preferred to use easily-guessable PINs, making it a piece of cake to break into their accounts.  Even better, the voicemail companies rarely thought to block collect and 3rd party calls to their phone lines, so we could use hacked boxes to charge all of our calls to.  And the world’s largest phone company not only let us trick their pay phones with fake quarter tones, but they also began allowing us to use credit card numbers for our phone calls, with no verification whatsoever.

And then the internet happened for us.  PLA saw the transition of the underground moving from BBSes to this amazing new thing called The Internet, and if you pay attention you’ll notice a huge increase of internet references in the last issue compared to the first.  By the time the ’zine is finished, we’re plugging our new website’s URL instead of our home phone number to call our BBS, and we’re harassing web forums in Boulder instead of BBSes in Illinois.  The internet brought us a whole new playground to prove our immaturity on.

For the most part, the issues contained in this book are exactly as they were seen in the original 47 PLA text files, horrible spelling and grammar included.  All of the names, phone numbers and other personal information is just as it was shown in the 90’s.  There were a few minor edits, mostly done to make these text files work better in book format so you don’t have to read everything in 80-character DOS Edit like everyone did in the 1990’s.

While reading the articles contained in this book, keep in mind that it was all written a really long time ago, and many things have changed, making most of the tutorials pointless.  You shouldn’t try anything that you read here, mostly because it’s probably not going to work anymore.  Remember that PLA is a publication of information, humor and satire.  Nothing in any issue is to ever  be taken seriously.  We are  not responsible for  your stupidity.

                                      Have fun reading!

                                      RedBoxChiliPepper


Issue #001

How To Hack The Hell Out Of A WWIV BBS

Written by RedBoxChiliPepper

Written On February 15, 1990 - Last Revision on August 29, 1994

Happy Valentine’s Day! This file is for all of you wanna-be cool system hackers and crackers but don't have the slightest idea what you're doing. Well here's your chance to be a real hacker. In addition to the axe method, I've included some secret WWIV commands that even Wayne Bell might not be aware of.  Cactus?

Tools You Need:

(1) Ladder

(1) Ax (or hedge trimmers if you want to be creative)

(1) Sysop you don't really like

What To Do:

Log on to your hated WWIV board under a false alias and start chatting up the sysop. Be really nice to him and ask for your own sub and upload a lot of files and offer advice on ways to better his board and just be a really, really nice guy.

After you gain his trust, find out through social engineering when him and all the other members of his family are going to be gone for an hour or so.  Stake out across the street and wait for him to leave.

Now, when they're all gone take your hacking equipment to his house. Use the ladder to climb up to his window and shatter it with your ax. (The window, not the ladder.) Climb into his room. If his room is in the basement, walk  downstairs. Of course, you could have just broken into the basement window but that would have been too easy and only a true dedicated hacker would do it this way.

Find his computer. If someone is logged on hit F10 to go into chat mode and type, "I'M SORRY BUT I'M GOING TO HAVE TO LOG YOU OFF SO I CAN HACK THIS BOARD." Log the loser, I mean user off and proceed to hack. Hold the ax high over your head and bring it down with as much force as possible on his computer to hack a big gash in the middle of it. Hack all of his WWIV backup disks, his monitor and his keyboard. Oh, and the modem. Hack everything that has to do with WWIV to bits.

After you're all done hacking, you could format his C: drive although it's not really neccessary. Now you can brag to all your friends about what a cool hacker you are. Take your ax and go home. Call his board and see if it answers.

Trouble Shooting:

If his board does answer when you call it you've obviously done something seriously wrong here, possibly broken into the wrong house. Go back and finish the job, but be sure to check and make sure you have the correct address.

Please contact me and let me know if this method of hacking works on other types of bbses other than WWIV or if you have any problems with this method. I've personally only attempted the "axe" method on WWIV and it's been successful every time but there's a rumor going around that perhaps this will also work on VBBS, Wildcat and Citadel software, but some modifications may have to be made.

Secret WWIV Commands:

We all know what an amazing programmer and hacker I am. While passing a rainy day last week I was looking through the WWIV program and source code and noticed a number of flaws and back doors throughout the program. Perhaps Wayne Bell is trying to pull a fast one just so he can get free access anywhere or destroy computers of sysops he doesn't like or something, I don't know, but there was definitely some really odd stuff in there. Here's a breakdown of what I found. Keep in mind that I've called WWIV bbses around the country and all of these "secret" commands seem to work in most every version of WWIV.

1. From the main menu if you hit [CTRL] [R] [O] [Y] and stomp on the floor six times REAL HARD you'll get a DOS prompt. From there you can do anything you want to the victim's hard drive.

2. From the main menu type /OCEAN for a super-secret ansi music menu. This does a lot of really amazing things. This is for real.

3. WWIV has a built-in virus command that can be activated by any user, even with a SL of 10. From the main menu type "//I AM A TOTAL LOSER" with your left hand only. If you use your right hand in any way, the virus will backfire in a very bad way. Oh also, if your nose is pierced, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS. I won't get into why, though.

The virus will turn the outside casing of the sysop's computer bright orange and will kill off any smaller life forms in his house, including dogs, cats, fish and all the house plants. It will also cause the sysop's front doorbell to malfunction for a few weeks and cause the top left drawer in the sysop's

desk to stick a lot.

4. While transferring any file, repeatedly hit [CTRL] & [C] until the transfer aborts. A split second before it aborts, though, type "booga booga" and flip the computer's power switch on and off quickly fifteen times. If you get a message saying something like, "System failure" don't worry. This is only a part of the back door. This trick allows you to read all the users' private mail.

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You!  And PLEASE Don't Pay For Your Fone Calls!

              512-370-4680 PLA Voice Mailbox

              512-851-8317 Sonic Youth Systems

              512-883-7543 PLA WHQ Texas Line

              618-797-2339 PLA WHQ Illinois Line


Issue #002

A Zillion Different Ways To Make Your Very Own Red Box

Written by RedBoxChiliPepper

Written In November Of 1992 - Last Revision on July 12, 1995

TABLE OF CONTENTS

What In The Hell Is A Red Box?

Converting A Tone Dialer

Programming Your Tone Dialer

Trouble-Shooting Your Tone Dialer

Combination Red Box & Tone Dialer

Using A Tape Recorder or Walkman

Hallmark Cards

The Stealth-Combo Box

Voice Memo-Minders

PC Sound Blaster Red Box

A Few Schematics

Finding A Phone That Will Work

Making A Long Distance Domestic Call

Making An International Call

Making A Local Call

Red Box Frequencies

Miscellaneous Notes

Famous Operator Quotes

  

If you've ever made a call from a pay phone and put in real quarters (heaven forbid) sometimes you may have heard a series of chirping noises in the background, really faint. Those are the tones that a pay phone hears when you deposit money and there's a lot of ways that you can immitate these tones to get free calls. This file will hopefully cover every known way to accomplish this. If I've left anything out, get in touch!

Converting A Tone Dialer Into A Red Box:

I believe all the credit for this section of the phile should go to Noah Clayton who originally wrote this for 2600 magazine.

 

You will need:

- Radio Shack pocket tone dialer model #43-141 ($24.95 each)

- Three AAA batteries

- Soldering Iron

- Small regular and phillips screwdriver

- Wire clippers

- A 6.5536 MHz crystal

Be sure to get Radio Shack's NEWEST type of tone dialer. The old ones were gold and brown and looked pretty ugly. The new ones are black and the corners are rounded off a little more. They also seem to be more water-resistant and it seems to be easier to fit the new crystal into these models.

You can either order the crystal through Radio Shack or buy it from an electronic's store. Buying it through Radio Shack is a real bitch because you have to wait two weeks for them to order it and most employees don't know what you're talking about when you ask for it. I've had them INSIST that they can't order that crystal for me because they don't carry it. If you live in the St. Louis area as I do, I suggest GateWay Electronics on Page Av in Missouri. They have a knowledgable staff and their crystals are only about three bucks a piece. (Compared to Radio Shack's $4.99 each!)

Place the dialer on the table keypad side down and speaker side up. Remove the battery cover and all batteries. Use the phillips screwdriver to remove all four screws on the back of the dialer. Now slide the flathead screwdriver along the side to separate the two halves of the dialer. Slide the speaker half underneath the keypad so you don't break off the wires.

On the left hand side down near the battery compartment, you'll see a silver cylinder looking component. This is the crystal you want to remove. Pull it up with your fingers and break away all the glue that's holding it down. Use your soldering iron and un-solder it from the circuit board. You can throw this crystal away as it has no real use in life.

Now the hard part. The new crystal you're putting in is twice as big as the old one so it's kinda hard to get it in there. There's a few capacitors that you can bend over to make some more room. You'll also have to bend the leads to your new crystal inward a little. Solder the new crystal in place of the old one and you're all set. Snap the two casing halves back together being careful not to pinch any wires. Put the screws back in and insert your three AAA batteries.

A good idea is to wrap the crystal with scotch tape or electrical tape. This will prevent contact with other components since the crystal is so big. You could also simply put a piece of paper under the crystal.

One additional thing you can do it totally remove the LED light. The only thing this light is good for is running down your batteries really quick. If you use the unit without the light connected, you NEVER have to turn the unit's power off and the batteries will last for a few years before you need to replace them.

Programming Your Red Box:

First you'll have to program your box's memory to make the right tones. You'll be using the three priority buttons on the top of your unit. P1 will be your quarter, P2 your dime and P3 will be the nickel. So here's how to do it:

 

(1) Switch the unit on. The red light in the corner should come on unless you've disconnected it.

(2) Slide the DIAL/STORE switch to the STORE mode.

(3) Press MEMORY, *, *, *, *, *, MEMORY, P1. That programs your quarter. 

(4) Press MEMORY, *, *, MEMORY, P2. That programs your dime.

(5) Press MEMORY, *, MEMORY, P3. And that's the nickel.

(6) Slide the DIAL/STORE switch back into the DIAL mode and you're ready to start phreakin'!       

Try pushing the priority buttons now. Each one will emit a different high-pitched chirping noise. This is what the phone hears when you deposit money into a pay phone. If you've ever red boxed with a taperecorder or heard the actual pay phone tones before, you'll notice that these tones are slightly slower than the real ones. Don't worry, the pay phone can't ever tell the difference and you rarely find an operator that can.

If you want to program in $1.00, it's best to use this programming string:

MEMORY, *, *, *, *, *, 0, *, *, *, *, *, 0, *, *, *, *, *, 0, *, *, *, *, *,MEMORY, P1.

This will make $1.00 go in a lot faster than if you'd used the PAUSE feature because "0" is being used as a substitute for PAUSE. (The phone just ignores the 0.) Don't use this string on a live operator, though! Thanks to Even in California for explaining to me how to do this.

Troubleshooting:

One of the most common problems I've had with my red boxes over the years, is that the tones will stop working in the middle of trying to put in your money or they'll break up, giving you a live operator. This could be because you did a bad job soldering the new crystal in. More commonly, the contacts on the power (or the DIAL/STORE switch) have bent the wrong way, causing them not to touch the circuit board anymore.

To fix that, open the unit and bend the contact in the switches out a little.  Not too much or they'll break when you use the switch. If you've removed the light in your unit, there's really no reason to ever turn it off so you could glue the power switch into the "ON" position.

Try Our New Combo Platter!

If you're the type of person who just HAS to have a tone dialer AND a red box (like me) then you can have both without having to carry around two separate units.

1. Buy a small two-position switch like Radio Shack's model #275-407.

2. On one end solder the old crystal, on the other end solder your 6.5536 crystal and in the middle solder two small wires, each about 4" long.

3. Solder the other ends of the two wires to where the old crystal used to be.

Pretty easy, aye? You can put the two wires through one of the vent holes in the back of the unit. On my red box, I took the plastic piece off the back of the battery cover (You know, where you're supposed to write the memory numbers?) and electrical taped the switch down. It actually doesn't stick out hardly at all and looks fairly professional.

Now you can switch between red box and tone dialer. You can store your stolen calling card numbers in the other memory locations or use the touch tones to get free calls on those damn privately owned pay phones.

You know, a disturbing bit of information I heard from Zak recently is that Radio Shack won't be selling these tone dialers anymore. I don't know if this is true or not but I plan on stocking up on tone dialers here in the near future. The reason, supposedly is that the only people that buy these things are phreaks.

The Low-Income Red Box (A Walkman):

If you can't afford a real red box or you don't have any soldering experience, you can use a tape recorder as a red box. There are several ways to record the tones. One way is to go to a pay phone and call your answering machine or voice mail. After the beep on your machine, deposit about three dollars in quarters and hang up. Your three bucks should come back. Go home and on your answering machine will be a tape with the red box tones.

Another way is to find two pay phones that are next to each other. You'll need a portable tape recorder and a suction cup telephone pick-up. (The phone pick-ups can be purchased at Radio Shack for about $3.00.) Pick up the first pay phone (Phone A) and call the other one (Phone B). Put the suction recorder on Phone A and deposit about three dollars in Phone B. Hang up both phones and hopefully your money will come back.

A third way is to record the tones directly from someone else who owns a red box. Pretty easy to figure out.

To play the tones back into the phone when you need them, use either a  portable tape recorder or a walkman with some headphones. Hold the speaker from the recorder (or the headphones) to the mouthpiece of the phone and press "play" when asked for money. Make sure not to have the volume up too loud or the distortion will make a real operator come on the line. You can also use a big bulky tape recorder or a boom box but you'll look a little silly when you try to play your tones into the pay phone.

Hallmark Cards:

Hallmark has these new cards that actually let you record a message for your loved ones so when grandma opens the card she hears your voice saying, "Merry Christmas, Grandma Edna!" Then Grandma Edna will drop the card in horror, thinking that she's gone completely nuts and probably die of a heart attack.

After you've shoplifted a few of these cards and taken one apart, you'll see that that electronics inside are pretty small. You can record your red box tones on this chip and then conceal the whole mess anywhere you want and  you'll have a tiny red box to use.

The Stealth-Combo Box:

The following article was written by DeadKat of CoTNo and is, in my opinion, the best ever variation of the original tone dialer design. You can pick up this article and other CoTNo Zinez on the FTP.FC.NET site. Highly recommended.

Ever since the original Rat Shack Red Box mod was printed in 2600 Magazine, there has been an explosion in red box use.  Red boxing is still one of the primary topics of discussion on alt.2600 years later.  The Radio Shack Tone Dialer mod was one of the first boxes I ever built and has proven to be the most useful of all the boxes I've experimented with.

For years, though, I've played with the original design in order to improve it.  My favorate variation of the original plans is what I call the Stealth-Combo box.  It is based on the original design, but makes use of mercury switches to allow the use of both DTMF's and ACTS tones.  In other words it combines the functions of the red and white boxes. 

The reason its called 'stealth' is the fact that when the dialer is held in its normal position, it will produce touchtones as if it were un-modded.  When held 'upside-down' it is capable of producing tones similar to the Bell ACTS tones that emulate a quarter being dropped into a payphone.  This design not only gives you both features, but leaves the box looking and seemingly acting 'normal'.

Following are the complete steps to building the Stealth-Combo box that I demonstrated at the Denver 2600 meetings.  These instructions assume that you have some experience working with electronics.  If you don't, practice a bit before you go cutting up your $30 tone dialer.

Parts List

One (1) Radio Shack 33-Memory Tone Dialer (Cat. No. 43-146)

Two (2) Radio Shack Experimenter's Mercury Bulb Switches (Cat. No. 275-040)

One (1) 6.50 Mhz Sub-Miniature Crystal (Don't use 6.5536, its too big)

Three (3) AAA batteries

Solder

Stranded insulated wire no larger than 22 gauge

Electrical Tape

Recommended Tools

Soldering Gun of 20 watts or less

Small Philips Scewdrivers

Needle Nose Pliers

Wire Strippers

Wire Cutters

Exacto Knife

Epoxy or super glue

Schematics

The following schematics shows the concept of how the switches work, not how its supposed to look.

C1,2 = Crystals

S1,2 = Switches  (The switches are orientated in opposite directions)

Since this diagram doesn't explain shit, on to the steps to build the thing.

Steps

1.  Remove the 6 screws securing the back of the Tone Dialer to the front. Four of the screws are underneath the battery cover.

2.  Gently pry off the back being careful not to break the four wires that connect the speaker to the circuit board.  Lay the back cover to the side of the dialer.  You should now be looking onto the back of the dialer's circuit board.

3.  Locate the original crystal (silver cylinder) on left side of the circuit board.  Carefully cut the crystal off the circuit board as close to board as possible.  Use needle nose pliers to pull the crystal loose as it is held in place with rubber cement.  Be careful not to crush the crystal!

4.  Measure out 2 pieces of wire that are long enough to go from the original crystal solder points, around the edge of the dialer, to a point on the lower right side of the circuit board.  Solder one end of the wire to the lower original crystal solder point and the other end to a lead on the original crystal (keep the leads on the crystals as short as possible). Solder the other wire to the other lead on the crystal but _not_ to the  circuit board.  Leave it hanging for now.  Use tape to insulate the crystal's leads.

5.  Route the wires around the edge of the circuit board on the _underside_ of the circuit board.  You may have to remove the circuit board to route this sucessfully.  The circuit board is held in place by 6 philips screws down the middle of the board.  Glue or tape the crystal into place  on the lower right side of the circuit board on the underneath side (the keypad side).  This will leave us more room on the circuit board for the swithches.

6.  Locate four green capacitors on left edge of the circuit board.  Cut off the second one from the bottom as close to the circuit board as possible. Important!  Make note of which lead on the capacitor went to which solder point.  Unlike crystals, capacitors are directional and if you reverse the current, it will fry.

7.  Glue or tape the capacitor to the empty spot on the upper right side of the circuit board next to the LED.

8.  Solder wires from the leads on the capacitor to the original solder points of the capacitor.  Run the wires along the edge of the circuit board and  insulate the capcitor's leads with tape.  You have now moved the capacitor and made room for the first switch.

9.  Glue or tape the first switch on the left side of the circuit board where the capacitor used to be.  Carefully push the upper two green capacitors to the right to help make room for the first switch.  Orientate the switch's leads down.

10.  Solder the free end of the wire that runs to the original crystal to one of the leads on the mercury switch.  Solder a wire from the other lead of the mercury switch to the upper solder point of the original crystal.  The circuit should now go from the upper solder point through the switch to the original crystal and back to the lower solder point.

11.  Test your work by putting the batteries in the dialer holding the slide switch which turns on the dialer in the on posistion.  The LED _should_ come on.  If it doesn't, check your work.  Make sure that the circuit is complete and the leads aren't grounding on anything.  Hold the dialer in an upright position while holding the switch on and press some buttons.  You should hear touchtones.  If not, make sure you haven't broken any of the wires to the speakers.

12.  Locate the yellow capacitor on the lower right side of the circuit board. Gently pry the capacitor loose with needle nose pliers and flip the capacitor over.  Insulate the leads of the capacitor with tape so that it doesn't come in contact with the resistors which it is now partially laying on.  This will leave a nice open spot on the circuit board for the rest of our mods.

13.  Look at the back cover of the dialer.  You will notice that on the lower left side of the back cover is some space about the size of a crystal.  How convenient!  Remove the small screen on the lower left side that covers a small opening in the cover.

14.  Glue the new crystal into the spot where the screen was with the leads facing out.  The crystal will stick out the hole a little bit, but that won't hurt anything.

15.  Glue or tape the mercury switch in the space to the right of it with the leads oriented up. 

16.  Solder wire from the new crystal to one of the leads of the mercury switch.  Solder a wire from the other lead of the new crystal to the lower solder point of the original crystal.  Make the wire to the solder point as short as possible with the case open.  Insulate the leads with tape.

17.  Solder a wire from the remaining lead on the second mercury switch to the upper solder point of the original crystal.

18.  Test your dialer once more.  This time hold the switch in the on position while the dialer is upside down and press the keys.  You should here the touch-tones in a much higher key now.

19.  If everything has tested out, then close up the box.  This is probably the most difficult step of all.  You must have the mercury switches located just right, or it won't close.  Also you must place the wires which run from the back cover away from the the components in order to optimize space. Carefully close the box, but be warned, it takes quite a bit of pressure to get the box closed.  You may want to have a friend help you hold it closed while you screw the screws back in.  You may break a switch or two before you get it right.  Be very careful with any spilled mercury since as Karb0n once told me, "Dude!  That shit will make you go insane!"  You must get the case closed all the way, or the on switch will not make contact.  This step can be very frustrating, but once you get it closed _and_ working, don't ever open it again!

(C)opywrong 1994, DeadKat Inc. All wrongs denied.

Voice Memo Minders:

These voice reminders can record tones and are extremely small. You can either buy one that fits in your pocket or you can buy one that fits on your key chain. In case you're surrounded by telco security, the F.B.I., local police and AT&T's top officials while you're at a pay phone, you can easily press the "MEMO ERASE" button to get rid of the evidence, though the police might shoot you when they see you go for the erase button.

The PC Sound Blaster Red Box:

There's quite a few programs for your IBM computer now that will immitate red box tones as well as the tones for other boxes. Here's how you can use your PC to red box.

1. Disconnect your PC, monitor, sound blaster, speakers, modem (if you're red boxing to a data line), and red boxing program and carry it all over to the nearest 7-Eleven.

2. At most of the 7-Eleven's I've been at, there's an AC outlet somewhere outside of the store. Plug all of your equipment in and turn it on. If there's no outside outlet, then ask the cashier if you can borrow their orange extension cord for a little while, explaining the you're from the Pay Phone Repair Department. To make it more believable, wear a shirt that says, "Pay Phone Repair Department."

3. After you have all of your equipment set up and Blue Beep running, pick up the phone and dial 1+AREA CODE+NUMBER. When it asks you to deposit your money, hit the 25 cents key on your program and hold the speakers up to the pay phone's mouthpiece. Continue this until you've put in enough money.

4. If it's a data transmission, quickly attach your accoustic coupler and run your Q-Modem program and try and connect before it hangs up. Note that you will have to call back this system every 1 minute as the pay phone mutes your sound while the "money" you put in registers.

Hope that helps. You probably won't get past step one because once you set up all that equipment on the sidewalk, one of the pan handlers, winos or drug dealers that always hang out in front of the store will stab you so they can pawn your computer and come back to buy some MD 20/20. But at least you felt like Kevin Mitnick there for awhile, eh?

A Digital Red Box Schematic:

This method of building a red box is for those who are more familiar with electronics. You'll need to hike over to your local Radio Shack and pick up quite a few parts. If you're really good, you can build this quite small. (At DefCon in 1994, there was a red box disguised as a pack of Big Red gum. This section was written by Kwiq, sysop of The Moonlight BBS.

Okay... And now for your parts...

RESISTORS               VALUES            NOTE

----------------------------------------------------

R1                        220 Kohm         The values of R1 and R2 are not important,

R2                        220 Kohm         as long as they add up to 440 Kohm.

R3                        1 Kohm

CAPCITOR                  VALUE

------------------------------------

C1                        0.1 uF

CRYSTAL                    VALUE          NOTE

----------------------------------------------------

X1                        6.5 MHz        6.5536 MHz is also within the tolerance.

CHIPS             NAMES          NOTES

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

U1                TCM5089        DTMF Encoder

U2                74HC4017       Decade Counter; Regular 4017 is okay.

U3                CMOS 555       Timer IC; Regular 555 will work if a 1Kohm

                                          resistor is inserted between pins 3 and 8.

SPEAKER           IMPEDANCE      NOTE

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

SPKR1             600 ohm        U1 expects an equivalent load.

SWITCH            TYPE           NOTE

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

S1                Momentary      You may want to add a power switch.

Okay... This thing works on 4.5 volts so you need 3 AAA batteries... A 9V will also work if... hmm... doing some math here... okay, R1 and R2 should add up to 470 Kohms. You need (obviously) some perf board and a chassis.

Another Digital Red Box Schematic:

Here's another type of red box that you can build that looks alot easier to contruct than the last one. This section was written by JR "Bob" Dobbs.

CIRCUIT OPERATION: Each time the pushbutton is pressed, it triggers half of IC1, configured as a monostable multivibrator to energize the rest of the circuit for a length of time determined by the setting of the coin selector switch.  This in turn starts the other half of IC1, configured as an astable multivibrator, pulsing on and off at regular intervals at a rate determined by the 50k pot between pins 12 and 13.  The output of the astable thus alternately powers of IC2, configured as a square wave oscillator, providing the required 1700hz and 2200hz to the op amp which acts as a buffer to drive the speaker.

CONSTRUCTION: Assemble the circuit as you wish.  Component placement is not critical.  I found the easiest method was to use point-to-point wiring on a "universal" PC grid board with solder ringed holes.  Use sockets if you aren't a whiz with a soldering iron.  Be sure to leave easy access to the potentiometers for alignment.

ALIGNMENT AND TESTING: For alignment, a frequency counter and tiggered sweep oscilloscope are extremely handy (but not absolutely necessary.)

Install a temporary jumper from +9v supply to pin 14 of IC2 and temporarily disconnect the 0.01uF capacitors from pins 5 and 9 of IC2. Power up the circuit.  Measuring the output from pin 5 of IC2 with the frequency counter, adjust the 20k pot between pins 1 and 6 for an output of 1700hz.  Now adjust the 20k pot between pins 8 and 13 for an output of 2200hz from pin 9 of IC2.  Remove the temporary jumper and re-attach the capacitors to pins 5 and 9.  (Note: if no frequency counter is available, the outputs can be adjusted by ear one at a time by zero-beating the output tone with a computer generated tone of known precision.)

Next, temporarily disconnect the wire between pins 5 and 10 of IC1. Set coin selector switch in the "N" (nickel) position.  With the oscilloscope measuring the output from pin 9 of IC1, adjust the 50k pot between pins 12 and 13 of IC1 for output pulses of 60 millisecond duration.  Reconnect the wire between pins 5 and 10.  (Note: If no scope is available, adjust the pulse rate by ear using computer generated tones for comparison.)

The remaining adjustments are made by ear. Leave the selector switch in the "N" position.  Adjust the 50k pot labelled "Dime" for a quick double beep each time the pushbutton is pressed.

Finally, set the selector to "Quarter".  Adjust the 50k pot labelled "Quarter"  until exactly 5 very quick beeps are heard for each button press.  Don't worry if the quarter beeps sound shorter and faster than the nickel and dime ones.  They should be.

CONCLUSION: If all went well to this point, your red box should be completely aligned and functional.  A final test should now be conducted from a payphone using the DATL (dial access test line) coin test.  Dial 09591230 and follow the computer instructions using the red box at the proper prompts.  The computer should correctly identify all coins "simulated" and flag any anomalies.  With a little discretion, your red box should bring you many years of use.  Remember, there's no such thing as spare change!

Semiconductors:

(2)556 dual timer

(1)741 Op Amp

(1)1N914 Switching Diode

Resistors:

(6)10k           (1)4.7k

(2)100k

(4)50k PC Mount Potentiometer

(2)20k Multi-Turn Potentiometer

Capacitors:

(10)0.01uF        (1)1.0uF

(2)10.0uF Electrolytic

Miscellaneous:

(2)14 Pin Dip Socket

(1)8 Pin Dip Socket

(1)3-position Rotary Switch

(1)Momentary Push-Button Switch(normally open)

(1)SPST Toggle Switch

(1)Speaker or Telephone Earpiece Circuit Board

(1) Box

(1) 9v Battery Clip

Mounting Hardware

SCHEMATIC DRAWING

                                           

Schematic part variables list.

Resistors:

R1 - 10k   R2 - 10k   R3 -4.7k    R4 - 10k   R5 - 10k   R6 - 50k

R7 - 50k   R8 - 50k   R9 - 50k    R10- 20k   R11- 10k   R12- 10k

R13- 20k   R14-100k   R15-100k

Capacitors:

C1 - 0.01uf   C2 - 1N914 switching Diode   C3 - 1.0uf   C4 - 0.01uf

C5 - 0.01uf   C6 - 10uf   C7 - 0.01uf   C8 - 0.01uf   C9 - 0.01uf

C10 - 0.01uf   C11 - 0.01uf   C12 - 0.01uf   C13 - 0.01uf   C14 - 10uf

Switches:

S1 - SPST toggle

S2 - Momentary push button N.O. labeled "Deposit"

S3 - 3-position rotary switch

Miscellaneous:

g - Ground

@q - Label "quarter"

@d - Label "dime"

@n - Label "nickle"

Finding A Phone That Will Work:

Usually any GTE or Bell phone will work, Bell including Southwestern Bell, U.S.West, Ameritech, Pacific Bell, etc. You'll know it's a Bell or GTE phone because their logo will be on the phone. I've noticed in some areas like Pacific Bell and Ameritech the phones are rigged so that no sound can enter the mouthpiece of the phone until the call is connected, rendering your redbox useless. A way around this is to dial "0" and have the operator dial the call for you.

Privately Owned pay phones are those ugly phones with some kind of generic logo on them that means some old fat local guy owns it and convinces innocent store owners to install his phone instead of a Bell phone, promising him bigger profits. Not a hard promise to keep, considering a local call sometimes costs 75 cents, they sometimes won't let you dial toll free numbers and long distance rates are twice as high (or more) than AT&T which is pretty bad. The best thing to do when you find a Private pay phone is to squirt a lot of ketchup or mustard into the coin slot and find a Bell/GTE phone somewhere.

Making A Long Distance Call:

Okay, here's the fun part- Calling anywhere in the entire world and not paying a cent for it. Pick up the phone and dial the number you want to call in the fashion 1-AREA CODE-NUMBER. For example, if you want to call the White House in Washington D.C., dial 1-202-456-1414.

You'll hear a click, then a computer voice will say, "Please deposit $2.85." (The exact amount differs with the location and time of day.)  Mutter, "Fuck you, AT&T..." to yourself, switch on your red box, hold the speaker of the red box FLUSH with the mouthpiece of the pay phone and press P1 for your quarters.  Pause for a split second in between each quarter because if you go too fast, you'll get a live operator wanting to know what the problem is. You are able to go 20 cents over the amount requested and that will be credited to your call.

After you've put in enough "money", the computerized voice will say in a cheerful, unsuspecting voice, "Thank you for using AT&T!" and your call is put through. Every few minutes the voice will come back and ask for more money.

International Calling:

Your red box can also be used to call your loved ones in other countries, although, it's annoying to do because you HAVE to use a live operator and your conversation will be inturrupted every THREE MINUTES by a voice asking for another two bucks. But if you really need to call overseas...

Dial 011-COUNTRY CODE-CITY CODE-PHONE NUMBER. An operator will ask you how you want to bill your call. Tell her you'll be using the spare change you make as a waiter and MoogooGuawkcaMeemay's Chineese restaurant to pay for your call. For best results, don't do this:

OPERATOR: "Okay, sir, please deposit your money now..."

YOU: "Okay, ma'am, I'm going to use nickels...(beep)...That was one nickel.  Did you get that alright? Okay, here's my second nickel...(beep)...okay,  there's two nickels, that makes 10 cents. How much more to go? $9.10? Okay...(beep)...I'm up to 15 cents now, right? Okay, good...(beep)...alright, there's another one...Hey, here's a penny on the ground! Can I use a penny? No? Okay, here goes lucky nickel number five...(beep)...did you get that? Okay....etc, etc, etc."

The call will be completed like this: The operator will tell you that the call will cost (for example) $7.35. She'll tell you to deposit $3.00, you red box three dollars to her and she connects the call. When the overseas person answers the phone she'll say, "This is the United States AT&T operator, I have an international call for you, could you please hold while billing is completed?" Then the operator will ask you for another $3.00 and then the remaining $1.35. After all that you'll be connected only to be interrupted every three minutes by an operator asking for more money.

If you don't want the person you are calling to know you're calling with coins, you can ask the operator if you can deposit all your money right now and THEN be connected overseas. They don't like to do this (because you could lose all your "money" if they're not home) but they will do it if you ask.

Local Calls:

To red box a local call it takes about a minute or two longer than if you really paid for it, but those quarters add up so it's definately worth it. Pick up the phone and dial zero. Tell the operator that you want to make a local call. If she tells you just to put in a quarter and dial the number, tell her, "Well, ma'am, there's shit all over the keypad here and all the buttons are stickin' together and I CAN'T dial it myself. The only key that works is the zero and THAT'S got this sticky blue shit all over it. Then there's a half-eatin' Twinkee shoved in the coin return and dirt all over the four and seven keys..." Keep going on and on until she asks you what number you want to dial. She'll ask you for a quarter and connect your call.

Make sure after your call connects that you hear the operator click off. Some operators are nosey and will just SIT there listening to your conversation. Once I was explaining to a friend how I placed my call and suddenly the  operator starts lecturing me and telling me she's going to call security on me. (And this was about three minutes into the conversation!)

In some cities I've noticed you can trick pay phones into thinking that a local call is actually a long distance call by dialing 10288 before you dial the local number. So try dialing 10288 or 102881 before you make your local call and maybe you won't have to deal with that pesky operator. The only downside of doing this is that the call will "cost" more and you'll be inturrupted every five minutes to deposit more money.

Red Box Frequencies:

For you tech-heads out there, here are the actual frequencies that the red box produces. Actually, this is what a pay phone produces. When you make a red box out of a Radio Shack tone dialer, the timing is slowed slighty on the quarter tone.

The "tone" is 1700 hz and 2200 hz mixed together.

A nickel is 66 ms on (1 beep).

A dime is 66ms on, 66ms off, 66ms on (2 beeps).

A quarter is 33ms on, 33ms off repeated 5 times.

Miscellaneous Notes:

You can not call any of those 900 phone sex numbers with a red box, so perverts of the world...Sorry, Roy, you're just out of luck. You CAN call 976 information lines, though!

If you're really desperate for money, you can sell phone calls to people. Hang around a phone and tell someone who's about to make a call that you'll give them a free call if they'll give you a quarter. This usually impresses the hell out of any ordinary person. If you live in a big city, you can go to the tourist section of town and sell long distance discount calls to out of state tourists. Consider yourselves warned, though, I've read a LOT of articles on people getting busted for doing this. One article even had a picture of a guy in an airport selling calls to people comming off the plane.

If an operator confronts you and says, "Hey, you're not really putting in coins, that's a recording!" don't get all nervous and run from the pay phone. She'll lie and tell you that security is on the way to the pay phone to put you in jail but she's full of it. Instead, piss her off by explaining to her in detail exactly what you're doing and how you're doing it. If she gets an attitude with you, ask to speak with her supervisor or Service Asisstant. This pisses her off to no end. When connected with the supervisor, tell her exactly what you think of her and the company she works for. The worse thing they can really do is shut off the pay phone.

Operator Quotes:

Sometimes a malfunctioning red box or making a local call cause you to have to deal with a live operator who can get testy when they find out you're screwing the place that they work for. Here are some responses I've gotten from them.

1."Well, son, your TOY doesn't seem to be working today. Why don't you try PAYING for your call instead?" -Hollywood, CA

2."What'd you do, record those tones on the train tracks?" - my friend got this response when trying to use a very poor quality cassette of red box tones in Wood River, IL

3."(sigh) Well, I'll put your call through, but next time I want you to pay real money for your call, okay?" -Galveston, TX

4."That's it! I'm sick of you kids, I'm calling security RIGHT NOW!" -Cincinnati, OH

5."You know you'll go to hell for stealing..." -Portland, OR

6."I wish I could go over there right now and strangle that kid." -I overheard an operator in Seattle say this to her supervisor after they  thought I had hung up the phone.

7."Okay, hold on while I turn you in to security." - Indianapolis, Indiana (What are they going to do, arrest me over the phone??)

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Issue #003

Ruining Someone's Life (Getting Even)

Written On August 9, 1992 -  Last Revision on October 23, 1994

Revenge and getting even have always been my most favorite things to do even way back in grade school so, of course, I have a very extensive mental  list on how to really get back at people and make their life a living hell. We all have people we hate and would like to see 'em suffer for a little while. Maybe your boss for firing you or giving you shitty hours? The big guy in school who's always giving you a hard time? Your girlfriend for dumping you so she can become a lesbian? You get the idea. In my explanations I'll use the sample name "Chris Tomkinson" as the guy we're going to cactus. A totally random name, of course.

Now if you decide to try all these methods at once you'll probably drive him totally insane and over the edge of reality. Besides, you don't want to send him a billion magazines at the same time you've forwarded all of his mail to Africa so get your timing right so you can effectively drive him crazy. A lot of my ideas focus on humiliating him with friends and family. When you can get other people to hate him for things you're doing to him, that means you're getting good at what you do.

Some of the things described in here require you to know a little more information on your victim than you would usually know. Try reading the file called PLA019.TXT on ways to obtain priviledged information.

Cancel His Membership:

A video card is something that almost everyone has and uses frequently. Get your yellow pages out and call up every video store you can find. When they answer throw them a line like, "Hi, this is Chris Tomkinson. My video cards were stolen today and I wanted you to cancel my membership there. It turns out we're moving out of state forever next month anyway so I'll never be in there again anyway."

When they hear that someone's stolen your card, of course they'll cancel it right away. When you tell them you're going out of town for good, there's really no reason for them to keep your name in the computer so they just completely delete you. When Chris goes in the store to check out a movie, his name won't show up anywhere as if he never even had a membership there and he has to apply for a card again, which is, in my opinion, a pain in the ass.

Make sure to call up all the video stores. If you want to be really mean, you can cancel his mom and dad's cards too. That way he won't be able to use theirs' either. If he's the type of person to use the library alot, call the library and cancel his card there, too.

Cancel His Credit Cards:

There's an 800 number for just about every credit card out there that you can use to cancel your card if it's lost or stolen. Within a few minutes of calling this number, their credit cards will be useless. Just make up a story like, "Yeah, I'm on vacation here in Seattle and my whole wallet was stolen with my Mastercard in it. Could you cancel that before someone uses it?" Pretend to be really worried about having to pay for charges you didn't make and so on.

They might want some extra information like the name of the bank which issued  your card. You can guess or tell them you have no idea. (Unless you actually know which bank it is.) The Mastercard dude will want your driver's license number or social security number sometimes, but tell him you don't know either one because your wallet was stolen, dammit!

To cancel your Visa, call         1-800-336-8472

To cancel your Mastercard,        1-800-999-0454

For Discover,                     1-800-347-2683

If you know of any gas cards he uses, get the numbers to cancel those, too. There's nothing more embarrassing that filling up your tank with super unleaded gasoline and finding out that all your credit cards, gas cards and ATM card have been mysteriously reported stolen. Who knows, the clerk might even call the police on him.

Cancel His Phone Cards:

Again, the exact same proceedure. Say you're on vacation and all your calling cards were stolen. All they'll ask for is your home phone number and the cards are usually disconnected within four hours. Tell the lady that you really never use that card anyway so there's no need to issue a new one. This way, Chris won't know his cards are bad until he needs to use them.

U.S.Sprint       1-800-877-4646

AT&T             1-800-662-6214

M.C.I.           1-800-950-5555

Newspaper Classifieds:

Almost every newspaper out there lets you call in the ad you want to have in the paper and then they send you a bill for it. In other words, it's free.  Look in your local paper and judging from the ads that are in there, think up something that would be a really hot item to sell such as a house for rent. (Houses and cars usually get the best results.)

Call the paper and tell them that you're Chris Tomkinson and you want to put an ad in the paper. Have something ready like, "Nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath, garage, den, dining room, great neighborhood, $300/month, $200/deposit." Compare your ad to the others in the "For Rent" section and be sure that yours is the very best deal in there.

As a phone number to call to inquire about the house, leave two. "Call Chris Tomkinson anytime 24 hrs at 635-8312 or 635-9207." The first being his work phone number and the second being his home. Now when an awesome deal like you've put in the paper is seen, it gets a tremendous response. I'm talkin' about his telephone ringing constantly for two days straight at the least.

He'll get in BIG trouble with his boss at work for recieving 2 billion calls. Even if he's able to convince his boss that he wasn't responsible, he'll still look bad. I mean, what would YOUR boss think about all this happening? If he lives with his parents, he'll probably get in trouble with them too.

Messing With His Phone Service:

My all time favorite, disconnecting his service. First, call the billing office and have his line password protected. This means that anyone wanting to make any changes in his service will have to give the operator a password that you'll choose. Sometimes the operator will want to call back and verify that it's really Chris. Tell her that you're never home when they're open and she'll say "no problem" and ask for his social security number. If you know it, give it to her. If not, go crawl under something and die or go to the next step.

A few days after you've password protected the line, call the billing office again and tell them that you've moved out of the house already and you need the phone disconnected. They'll ask you for the password and disconnect the service, asking where you want the last bill sent to. Give them an address out of state.

Now after Chris's line goes dead he's going to have one hell of a time convincing the billing office to hook it back up because you've password protected his line. He really has no way of proving that he is who he says he is because he doesn't have that password. You do.

Harrassing Other People:

You can really get people annoyed at Chris if you call them up about five times a day, state his name and hang up. You can do this to his employer, his school, his friends, his family, anyone he knows, even the police station or businesses that he goes to often.

In your spare time when you're bored, pull out your list of phone numbers related to Chris, dial one at random and when the person on the other end answers say, "Chris Tomkinson", listen for the reply and hang up. Pretty soon people are going to start to despise that name.

If you know of a store that Chris shops at frequently and writes checks at, call that store a few times a day and say his name. The clerk will immediately recognize his name when Chris writes him a check and will probably ask him about it. And I know his boss would get annoyed at ten calls a day that simply state Chris's name and hang up. Pretty soon Chris's boss is going to be sorry he hired him.

Police Blotter:

Check your newspaper's police blotter and front page every night for a major theft that's occured in the neighborhood. Something like, car stereos being stolen or maybe a school being broken into and computer equipment being stolen.

Call the police station from a pay phone. "Hello, I want to make an annonymous call about the theft the other night involving the car stereo. Uh, I know who the guy is and he's been stealing car stereos and radar detectors ever since I've known him. I'm just starting to feel sorry for the people he's ripping off and want you to stop him but I don't want him to know who I am or he'll beat me up." Sound really whiney and nervous, "His name is Chris Tomkinson and he lives at (wherever). He keeps all the stuff he steals either hidden in his closet or hooked up in his room and most of it all still has the serial numbers on them..."

You get the idea. The police will want to move in on this horrible criminal and will probably get a search warrant so they can look for evidence. I did this to one guy and they didn't get a warrant but the kid's mom just let them in his room while he was at school. They ripped his room apart looking for stolen stereo equipment and didn't find anything. They created quite a mess from what I heard, though.

The Yellow Pages:

This is probably one of the best things to do and can even become a major news event in your area. You pull out the 'ole phone book and open it up to the yellow pages. Now, starting from the letter "A" and working all the way to "Z" call up every single business in the book. Set up an appointment with every company in there for (example) Wednesday morning at about 10:00. Give yourself a few days to do it all and get all the appointment as close together as you can.

You can probably see what's going to happen. Wednesday morning at 10:00 his street is going to be totally filled up with a truck from every business in the entire area. From exterminators to furnace repair to roofing estimates, they'll all be there asking for Chris. (Try to make sure he's going to be home when they come.)

On Wednesday morning you'll want to make some calls. At 9:30 call up every pizza delivery place in the area and have a couple large pizzas sent to Chris. After that, call up all the taxi cabs and instruct them to come to your house to take you shopping.

Tuesday night you'll also want to make some calls. Every T.V. station and newspaper in the area will want to know that "something big is going to happen on Sullivan street" in the morning. Don't tell them what, just tell them that they'd be stupid not to get coverage on something like this. Also call up all your friends and have them call up their friends. Instruct them all to show up on Sullivan street at about 9:45 am.

As this will be an historical moment, bring a video camera and tape the whole event just in case you're not happy with the camera work of the T.V. stations. You might want to call in a false report to the fire department that Chris's house is on fire just to get them there and add to the confusion.

I have done this only on a much smaller scale. I skimmed through the yellow pages and pick out about 30 business to show up at a victim's house and did the pizza a fire truck thing but the media never got involved. There was quite a traffic jam on his street with just those few trucks there and I can imagine what it would look like with 10 times more and a camera crew.

Magazine Subscriptions:

The time-honored tradition of giving Chris a subscription to every magazine that was ever made. Go to your library and rip out those little subscription cards out of each one. If a librarian asks you what the hell your doing tell her to go piss up a flagpole and continue your task.

Now take this big stack of cards home and fill them all out in Chris's name and send them in. Almost every one of the cards will already have the postage paid for so you won't have to worry about the cost of stamps.

Now me, I could care less if someone did that to me. I would get a little pissed off, though, if someone were to use my name on the subscription cards and send them to my friends or employers. So try this. He'll get a couple issues of each magazine until they get pissed off that he's not paying for them and stop his subscription. For a few months after that they'll harass him about paying for the magazines he ordered but he won't get into any kind of trouble because of it.

Some magazines let you use a credit card to pay for the subscription. Use someone else's card and when the owner of the card gets his bill, they'll investigate it and eventually narrow it down to Chris's address.

Ruin His Credit:

Drive to a city where nobody will know you or Chris. Check yourself into a hospital emergency room complaining of sudden chest pains and really severe headaches. Before they're able to treat you they'll have you fill out a few hospital forms. Put your name in there as Chris Tomkinson and use his social security number, address and phone number. If you can, try to forge his signature if you know what it looks like.

They'll look you over, maybe take a blood sample, an x-ray or two and they'll tell you your fine. After they've done a lot to you, tell them you're feeling much better and it must have all been in your head. Go home.

In a couple of weeks, the hospital is going to start sending Chris a bill for a couple thousand dollars. (Hospitals are extremely expensive.) They usually send only two notices before they turn the matter over to a collection agency who will call Chris every couple days and ask him why he hasn't paid his bill yet. They'll also threaten to "take legal action" and so on. If Chris tries to explain to them that he never went to that hospital, they'll assume he's lying. They hear that excuse every day.

Collection agencies are full of shit. They can't really do anything to you except send you notices but when you refuse to pay them you're screwing up your credit rating. I know a lot about collection agencies seeing as I never pay my bills. I went to a hospital once for strep throat and they bothered me about it for two years after that.

Hit And Run:

Just like the police blotter deal, find someone who is a victim of a hit and run. Call the person or the police and make an annonymous report that you were there when it happened and you saw the license plate on the car. Give them Chris' plate number.

Mail Forwarding:

There's a million little tricks you can play on people with those mail forwarding cards you get at the post office. Here are some ideas.

Forward all of Chris's mail to London, England.

Forward all of Chris's grandparents mail to Chris's house.

Forward all of Chris's mail to his place of employment. His boss will get really irked when Chris starts recieving mail there.

Forward his best friend's mail to Chris's home.

Forward his mail to his school.

Forward his mail to the police station.

Forward his boss's mail to Asia.

Have AT&T Investigate Him:

Using a stolen calling card number, call Chris constantly at his home from a pay phone and keep him on the line as long as you can. Only call Chris with this card. When AT&T sees that he's getting all these fraudulent calls, they'll ask him about it. Just make sure you don't call from your own phone even once or you'll get into trouble. Always use a pay phone.

If possible, use remote call forwarding and forward Chris's number to a number you'd like to call only dial "0" first so you have to enter a calling card. This will make it seem as if the card were used from his home.

Junk Mail:

Add Chris to as many mailing lists as you possibly can. Whenever you see a business advertise, "Free Information!" call them and give them Chris's address and phone number. He'll recieve oodles and oodles of junk mail and they'll always call him trying to sell him something. Get as many companies involved as you can. Pretty soon they'll be delivering his junk mail in a garbage truck!

Gifts:

Everyone loves a gift, even older relatives. Find out the names and addresses of all of Chris's older relatives. Look in the back of a Cosmopolitan or nudie magazines at all the fun, sexual items you can order with a credit card.  Send grandma a vibrator, grandpa a penis extender. Send his girlfriend some kind of sex cream "from Chris" and she'll get mad and break up with him. (Either that or she'll fuck his brains out.) Also, send Chris's parents some items to liven up their sex life and see if they appreciate it.

Oh, and don't forget Chris's boss. He needs to be a member of the Gay Rights Club or maybe needs some instructional videos on sex education. His teachers at school could probably use the same thing. When asked who it's to be sent to, give them his boss's name and tell them to put it "c/o Chris McCall" just to be sure he knows who's responsible.

The Bank Account:

This works the same way that the credit card canceling thing works. Find out which bank Chris uses and call them. Tell them you're away on vacation and your Aunt just informed you that your house had been broken into. The thieves took all of your banking stuff including your checkbooks, savings passbook, and ATM card.

They'll immediately put a "freeze" on his account and he'll have to go through extra steps when he tries to withdraw and money. If he writes a check it probably will bounce and if he tries to use his ATM card the machine will eat it and he won't get it back until he's cleared up things with the bank.

The Church Of Jesus Crust:

They have this handy 800 hotline where you can call in and tell them you'd like to speak to someone about religion. They ask you your address and send in one of their goons to your house to talk to you and start sending you all this religious junk mail. And Chris will probably appreciate the free bible. We all know how persistant and annonying these people can be so give them a call! The phone number is 1-800-952-3131.

Call Forwarding:

Order call forwarding to his line. Then, by whatever means you have to, forward his calls to somebody that you know would trace the call, such as TWA Airlines, The White House, local 911, etc. For this example, let's say we forwarded his calls to TWA which is 1-800-221-2000.

Now constantly call up his number over and over and you'll reach the airlines.  Harrass the reservation lady to death and keep claiming that you've put a bomb on one of their airplanes. Do this over and over and stay on the line for a long time. Pretty soon, they're going to trace the call back to Chris's house and he'll probably get arrested.

Even better would be to beige box into his line and call a lot of different numbers all night and threaten them all. In the morning he'll have accusations coming from all different difrections.

Fun Things To Do To Stupid Neighbors:

This last section of this file was written by someone named Delta Burke. Some of the ideas were so funny and creative that I just had to include them.

This little article is for everyone out there who has a next door neighbor who is, in your mind, the worlds biggest asshole. I have neighbors that fit into  this catergory perfectly. You know the ones, stereo up louder than hell in the middle of the night, water their lawn during a drought, etc... Well take heart, because I have just the answer for such idiots.

1) Next time they go away on vacation, or even for just the weekend, call the utility company, Ma Bell (or whoever the phone co is.), and the cable company.  Using  their  name (obviously), tell  them  to  shut  off  the respective utilities, since your are going on a trip for about a month. Most  of  the  time,  they  wont ask for any other info except for phone number. If they ask for anything else, just hangup quickly and forget it as it isn't too easy to  explain  why  you  dont  know  your  own  social security  number. If all works well (and it usually does), they will come home to a fridge full of bad food, plus no heat or air conditioning and no cable tv and phone. Pretty nice, huh?

2) If they leave on vacation, and you are a hacker/phreak/BBS'er,  here  is your  chance  for  free  phone calls to everywhere! Simply go into their yard and locate their phone box. Using your lineman's phone (or a regular phone with alligator clips instead of a modular plug), find  the  active phone  line  inside the box. Run a shit load of wire back to your house, thru your window, etc... Install a modular plug on your end and plug  it into  your  modem.  Now make all the long distance calls you want. Don't worry, those of your with a heart, the neighbor's wont  get  billed  for the calls after they call Ma Bell and claim that they didnt make them.  Most of the time they will let you off the hook.

3) One  night,  after  the  neighborhood  is  asleep,  sneak over into the target's yard. Proceed to turn on ONE faucet, so that water  is  gushing out  all  over  the  place.  The value of this joke is that the target's water bill will be outrageous after about 3-4 nights of this, especially during drought season.

4) If you have the asshole neighbor who has the stereo on LOUD at all hours and the police wont do shit (what else is new), here is the solution. Sneak into the yard, and find the breakerbox. If the stereo is  up  this loud, they wont hear you in the yard. Locate the switch that matches the room  that  the stereo is in. Or the closest to. Flip the switch and run like hell back to the house. Or if you  are  more  daring,  sit  in  the bushes  or  something and watch them come out. Most of the time, it will take doing this 2-3 times before they turn down the stereo.But its worth it when you have to sleep.

5) Do your neighbor's have a barking dog? If so, heres the solution.

A) Call the pound repeatedly, using another neighbor's name and address, but your number. Call at least twice a  night  for  about  a  week.  The complaints  will stack up, and the target's will most likely have to pay a healthy fine.

B) Get a package of hot dogs and  any  kind  of  medicine  that  induces shitting,  like  Exlax(you  will  have to melt it down). Pour the secret agent shit inducing substance on the hot dogs, then toss them  over  the fence to the dog. If it is a small dog, I suggest throwing one at a time as  little  dogs don't eat as much as big dogs. Spot or Fido or whatever the hell his name is will be shitting EVERYWHERE for days. Loads of  fun for the target.

6) Kill  their  lawn.  This can be achieved with any kind of poison, paint thinner, or even piss. Simply pour as much of the stuff as you can all overŤthe lawn and wait a few days to a week. Lovely brown spots  will  start  to show. Nice effect. Try writing words with paint thinner.

7) Do they have a CB radio that interferes with your tv?  Use  the old standby. When they are not home, sneak over and shove large straight pins into the coaxial cable  to  the  antenna.  Next  time  Joe Dickhead keys up will be his last time. This easy trick works due to the fact  that  it  shorts the cable together. When he keys up, it will blow the CB right off the table.

8) Do they park in your driveway or in  front  of  it?  My  neighbors  have teenage  kids  who  have  teenage  friends  who  parked  in front of the driveway. I fixed that by taking some large nails (about 4  inches  long)  and  placed  them  on each side of their tires at a 45 degree angle. Two per side, heads on pavement, points  to  tires.  When  they  drive  off, instant  flats  on  all  four  tires.  Try to get them to not park there asking  first. If they don't care to listen, then use the nail trick.

9) Other easy and annoying tricks:

Use JB Weld or any other metal weld substance on their mailbox door.

Unscrew all the light bulbs on the outside of their house just enough so they won't light.

If they have an annoying cat, capture it and take it about 10 miles away from where you live and let it go.

Get some cow or horse shit and place it in a large paper bag.  Place  on porch and light on fire. Then ring door bell.

If they have a hot tub or pool, get some goldfish and place them in it.

If you can get some lake or river fish, they work even better.

Place  small rocks inside the hubcaps on their most used car. The effect is awesome. They will go crazy from the sound.

If you get into their car, place a heavy guage jumper wire from the hornŤto the brake switch behind the pedal. The result  is  the  horn  honking everytime they step on the brake pedal. A sure fire winner.

If  you are daring, capture a skunk and let it loose in their yard. Just think about the fun this one can make.

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You!

512-370-4680 PLA Voice Mailbox

512-851-8317 Sonic Youth Systems

512-883-7543 PLA WHQ Texas Line

618-797-2339 PLA WHQ Illinois Line

And PLEASE Don't Pay For Your Fone Calls!


Issue #004

Trashing & Looting Bell Trucks

Written On July 23, 1993 - Last Revision on July 12, 1994

Trashing:

While it may not seem very appealing to go digging around in grimey dumpsters, it actually gets some really great results if you know what to look for. In the past I've gotten phone company "how-to" manuals, newsletters, credit card receipts, obsecure phone numbers, a whole shitload of phone company personell  records, and other useful items.

So next time you're bored at night, all the bbses are busy and you have  nothing better to do, get some old clothes on, grab a flashlight, sneak out of the house and head for the nearest dumpster. You may be happy with what you find. Here's some basic information that I feel would be important for the novice trasher:

Checklist of What To Bring:             

[] Old jeans, old shirt, old shoes, preferably all dark.

[] A flashlight or lighter.

[] Small gym bag to put items in.

                 

Checklist of What Not To Bring:

[] Your mother or father. (Or any family member)

[] Your laptop computer

[] A gun and/or ski mask

[] A cactus

What To Look For:

Start from one side of the dumpster and kind of work your way over to the other side looking at everything you encounter and for pete's sake, don't throw the stuff you don't want out of the dumpster as that might look suspicious if a cop drove by.

Keep your bag by you and try not to bury it in the rubbish. If you're in a phone company dumpster, you usually don't have to worry about stepping in anything disgusting since their dumpsters seem to only have paper in them. Look for anything that appeals to you-- pieces of paper with phone numbers or passwords written on them, receipts (especially for credit cards), company records, phone bills, anything that you think you shouldn't have, take it

Where To Trash:

Trashing can be done just about anywhere and the rewards vary wherever you go. In some places such as phone company dumpsters, look out for surveilence cameras. If they see you in the dumpster they'll call the cops on you.

* Video Stores (Get account information to check out videos with other people's accounts. Also maybe a computer dialup number.)

* Conveinence Stores (Every few months most of them throw away huge boxes of credit card receipts.)

* Cellular Dealerships (Lodes of information.)

* Phone Company Buildings (Endless possibilities.)

* Residents (By stealing your neighbor's trash you can learn a lot about them. Handy for blackmail purposes and ruining lives.)

* Coffee Shops (FREE coffee grinds and wet paper!!!)

What If...

If a cop somehow sees you in there and asks you to explain yourself, tell him you're looking for alluminum cans or other recycleable material. If you live in a more populated area and look scroungy enough, tell him you're homeless and looking for food. That way you won't have to give any I.D. either. One thing I've done a few times is bring a small trash bag of crushed soda cans with me to back up my story of looking for aluminum cans.

If you're happily looking through a bunch of secret stuff and the garbage truck shows up and starts lifting the dumpster in the air, you're basically fucked. You'll land in the back of his truck and probably be crushed to death and nobody will ever find your body. This has never happened to me yet, but I've always been paranoid that it would.

Tips:

Bring a friend and a couple of 2-way radios. Have the friend sit somewhere out of sight and if a cop or anyone comes near the dumpster, he can radio you to sit tight and shut up until their gone.

It probably wouldn't be a good idea to go trashing in the middle of the day. For one thing, employees are constantly comming out to throw trash in the dumpster and that could get pretty messy for you. Also, you're more likely to be seen in the daytime. So stick to nights and you should do okay.

Phone companies usually lock their dumpsters. (Go figure) Sometimes it's merely a chain and lock over the top of the dumpster which does no good since you can just jump on the plastic lid and fall right into the dumpster.  (Getting out is another story.) If you get caught by the wrong cop, he can take you in and you could get charged with trespassing so be careful and don't get caught.

"Sorry, sir, we were just trying to find some wire for our science fair project, but as there appears to be nothing here but coffee grounds and cigarette ashes, we had better get going. Have a nice day!"  -Karl Marx

Bell Truck Looting:

As common as Bell truck looting is, you'd think that they'd have the sense to lock their trucks, especially at night time but they always seem to leave at least one of their compartments open. By looting Bell & GTE trucks, you can obtain all kinds of neat stuff like Bell hard hats, tool belts, lineman hand sets, lots of useless documents and all kinds of cool Bell devices that you have abolutely no use for. It's just cool to "own" Bell stuff, ya know?

You can either loot a truck at night when all the trucks are parked for the night or you can do it in the middle of the day while a truck is parked somewhere while the Bell dude is inside someplace doing some work.

Ordering A Bell Truck Yourself:

An interesting idea by Zak was to call in some kind of fake order for a business and wait around for the Bell truck to show up. When the truck got there and the guy went inside, it's yours!

Call up the Bell repair center or billing office and arrange for them to come to a business of your choice. Try and get a specific time for them to be there (like between 12 noon and 3pm) so you don't have to wait for them all day from 9am to 5pm. Write down when they'll be there.

Now call up the business you ordered repair for and tell them that a Bell representative will be stopping by tomorrow at (whenever) to check out the lines. Hang around the business until your truck gets there and when he does, have a friend go inside and wander around, keeping an eye on the Bell guy while keeping in touch with you on a 2-way radio so he can warn you if he's coming out. Meanwhile, you'll be looting the truck.

Nighttime Looting:

Looting a truck at night is probably the most common. Find the Bell building, go there at night and start checking the trucks for unlocked compartments. Like I said, there's always a few of them open. Ask Zak, he knows. It'd probably be a good idea to carry your handy police scanner with you so you'll know if someone spots you and calls the police.

In some of the bigger cities the Bell buildings have night rent-a-cops, so watch out for those guys. You never know what they'll pull. They might say, "I've told you a million times not to loot my Bell trucks so I have no alternative but to tell you once again not to loot my Bell trucks!"

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You!

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512-883-7543 PLA WHQ Texas Line

618-797-2339 PLA WHQ Illinois Line

And PLEASE Don't Pay For Your Fone Calls!


Issue #005

How To Bill All Of your Fone Calls To Some Poor, Unsuspecting Son Of A Bitch

Written On July 7, 1993 - Last Revision on May 13, 1995

So there I was stranded in Miami with a broken red box in one hand and an outdated list of calling card numbers in the other hand. Just as I was about ready to jump to my death in the ocean because I couldn't call my friends, I got an idea. Third-party bill my calls to random names in the phone book!

Of course, I started out using this method on pay phones which is a pain in the ass because the operator wants to call up the number you're billing to and make sure it's okay with them first. So here's your detailed instructions for simplified third-party billing. Oh, and by the way, in no way am I claiming to be the elite guy who "discovered" third party. I mean, come on, third party billing's been around forever and some guy said I shouldn't take credit for something that's been done forever. I'm just trying to explain how easy it is.  Sheesh, some people! Cactus.

Finding A Number To Use:

First of all, if you're going to be calling from home, it's best to charge the calls to a different area code than your own. Sure, a local number will work but when the people get their phone bill and see a local number on it, they'll most likely call it to find out what it is. When they see a long distance number they think "Goodness gracious! If I call that number my phone bill will even be higher." Even if they do call you, you can just play ignorant and if they're far away they probably won't come looking for you.

Pick a city, any city. The city should be far away in another state. Now dial local information and ask for the area code to your city. Let's say you picked Waverly, Iowa. The area code is 319. Now dial 1-319-555-1212 to call Waverly Directory Assisstance. The charge for this call should only be about sixty cents.

Now think of a very common last name like Smith, Lawrence, Conner, Mitchell, Shlappenheimerwinthrop, etc. You get the idea.

OPER: Directory Assisstance, Betty. What city, please?

YOU: Waverly.

OPER: Go ahead.

YOU: I need the number of a last name Conner.

OPER: (type, type, type) Okay I have two Conners listed. A Bob and an  initial H.

YOU: Bob, yeah that's it. Definately Bob. Bob it is. Gimmie Bob. Yeah, Bob.

OPER: The number is 452-0357.

So that's the number you'll bill to. 319-452-0357. Of course if you're planning to do this extensively you'll need many more numbers to pick from. That's when you call up the phone company and ask for a phone book to be delivered to you so you'll have a whole list of numbers to choose from. A normal book will cost about $7.00 or so. If you know how to do it right, it won't cost you anything but I won't get into that. The phone book will pay for itself after about 3 or 4 long distance calls.

Exchange List:

If you don't want to go through all the trouble of doing the above, here's a list of exchanges you can pick from. I'm including the area code and prefix. You just make up four numbers after that at random.

618-254-xxxx 409-744-xxxx 213-962-xxxx 505-398-xxxx            

318-981-xxxx 314-231-xxxx 513-741-xxxx 503-255-xxxx

803-254-xxxx 319-452-xxxx 618-377-xxxx 512-441-xxxx

Making The Call:

Pretty easy. Dial 0-AREA CODE-NUMBER. You'll hear a cool Bell tone and the automated voice will ask you to enter your card number. Press "0" to skip that part. Recently, they came out with automated third number billing so you don't have to deal with a live operator anymore. Isn't technology great?! The automated voice will ask you to "say" how you want to bill your call. Just say, "third number" and it'll ask you to touch tone in the number you want to charge it to. Dial 319-452-0357 and presto, your call is completed.

If you get a live operator instead say, "I'd like to charge this to my home telephone in Waverly, Iowa, the Turnip capitol of the world." and follow the same proceedure.

Some of the more intelligent people (about 2%) put a third-number block on their line. If this happens the recording will say, "This call cannot be billed to this number." Solution? Hang up, redial the number and try billing it to a different number or just transpose a couple of the numbers you just tried.

If you don't have AT&T as your long distance carrier, dial 10288-0-NUMBER.

Calling From A Pay Phone:

As I mentioned before, doing it from a pay phone is a little harder but still works. The operator will want to call the person you're billing to a verify with them that it's okay to bill it there.

The trick is to open the phone book at the pay phone and pick a number at random. Look for an old person's name because they're the most gullible but anyone will do. Let's say you picked Christian Slater 213-962-7142. Dial your number as 0-AREA CODE-NUMBER and hit "0" after the tone.

OPER: AT&T, How may I help you?

YOU: I want to charge this to my home phone.

OPER: Will someone be there to accept the charges?

YOU: Who wants to know?

OPER: Me.

YOU: Okay, then, tough guy.

OPER: What is your name?

YOU: Christian Slater, you may have heard of me.

OPER: (dials 213-962-7142. A lady answers the phone. Probably Slater's wife.)

LADY: Hello?

OPER: Hello, this is AT&T. Christian is making a call from a public phone and wishes to bill the call to you. Will you accept the charges?

LADY: Oh, yeah, okay. I'll accept.

And the operator thanks you and puts your call through. As long as you don't get any of the following responses you should be okay:

"Huh? But I'M Christian Slater."

"Calling from a pay phone?? But he's right here with me watching Cheers!?"

"Christian died last week."

"No Hablo Engles??"

A Few Extra Notes:

Sometimes if the no one is home at the number you're trying to bill to, you can convince the operator that it's really you're number if you know what the answering machine message is going to say and if you can do an impression of their voice on the machine. Even a bad impression will sometimes work.

When doing this from home, try not to use the same number more than two or three times so the owner of the number will be less likely to investigate.

I've experienced third-party billing from both sides. Someone charged forty dollars worth of calls to my dad's phone and the operators were very unhelpful and unfriendly. They refused to investigate even though it was coming from a residential line and it took two months to get the charges removed. This was back in 1990 but I've been doing this for a few years now and people don't seem to care too much at a few calls totaling to under ten bucks. I've actually called the people I used and asked them about it and they almost always blow it off as a "minor nusience."

AT&T is completely automated from your home and the best to use. U.S.Sprint is the second best because they're not automated but they also don't call and verify. M.C.I. sucks because they're losers who verify no matter what so don't use them. To choose your company, before you dial the number dial 10288 for AT&T or 10333 for U.S. Sprint.

International calls will be verified no matter what from pay phone or home. Hope this file benefits everyone who reads it. It'll sure cut your long distance bill down a lot.

May 13, 1995 Update:

Well, it seems that AT&T are finally waking up to this problem of third party billing...On my local phone bill I was backbilled for $175 worth of third party calls. The kicker part is that I called the phone company and complained that there were all these extra charges on my bill that I know nothing about and they were more than happy to take the charges off. A few weeks later, I got a letter from AT&T concerning some more charges...

Dear Customer,

We are sending you this letter to advise you of the long distance calls we have billed your account. The amount is $53.70, excluding taxes. These long distance calls have been investigated by our Message Analysis Center and were determined to be your responsibility. A list of these calls will appear on a future bill.  If you would like to discuss this matter, please contact our office toll-free at 1-800-522-2157, ext. 4737. Our ofice hours are Moday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Sincerely,

 Dawn Brooks

Investigator

I've yet to hear anything more about this but I plan to just ignore the extra charges on the bill and complain to the phone company and hopefully I won't have to pay. If I do, oh well, it's only fifty bucks.

Another recent happening is that two people I know have been back billed. Martini from Illinois was charged $75 on her bill. "I don't understand what this third number means, sir, I only have two lines!" Also, an idiot in Oregon was back billed because he had the intelligence to bill to the exact same  number every single time. Worse yet, the number was in Canada and it was a non-working number and the last four digits were 1234. What a cool guy!

Operator Diverting:

A new safe way to get around being back billed is to operator divert before you get AT&T. It's a pain in the ass and takes a little longer, but it works if you really need to call from home and don't have any other way.

Dial "0" and ask that operator to dial 1-800-225-5288 for you. (AT&T) Tell the AT&T operator that you want to place a 3rd party billed call. She'll ask what number you're calling from and you give her the number of somebody that you don't like so it'll come back on them and not you. Whatever you do, don't give her your real phone number.

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You!

Voice:

512-370-4680 PLA Voicemail System

314-995-1261 Zak's VMB System

Data:

618-797-2339 PLA BBS Illinois Line   

 512-883-7543 PLA BBS Texas Line

512-851-8317 Sonic Youth Systems

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E-Mail:

Internet: [email protected] (To contact RBCP or Colleen Card)

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MajorNet: [email protected] (Guess)


Issue #006

Totally Free Cash In The Mail From AT&T!

Written On February 23, 1993 - Last Revision On December 27, 1994

Are you jobless? Need a little extra cash for the weekend? Have a girlfriend that spends all of your money?  Well, AT&T operators are always more than happy to mail you a check or two for a good five bucks each. If you've ever called up the operator and tried to convince her that you lost your quarter then you know that they hardly ever put the call through for you. They'll always send you a check in the mail for 25 cents.

Well, this method also works on long distance and international calls just as well. A long distance call can run you up to $2.75 and I think the most expensive international call I've found is $9.65. If you tell the operator you lost all this money, she'll happily refund your money. Here's how the conversation usually goes with me:

You go to a pay phone. It HAS to be a pay phone, they're not THAT stupid.  I dial the numbers 102880 which gives me the AT&T operator. (For those of you with short memories, dial 10ATT0.)

THEM: "AT&T, this is Mrs. Papshmeer, how may I help you?"

 YOU: "Yeah, I was making an international call using my spare pocket change that I stole by breaking open a Pepsi machine on 86th Street and the phone went dead and kept all my money. Could you try the call for me?"

THEM: "I'm really sorry about that, sir. Our policy won't let me put the call through for you but I can refund the money to you in the mail."

 YOU: "Okay, I guess I can do that, then."

THEM: "Alright how much money did you lose?"

 YOU: "Um...$5.65."

THEM: "What happened when you placed this call?"

 YOU: "Well, I dialed the number and the operator had me deposit $3.00 of my money. Then my party answered and she had me deposit the other $2.65.  As soon as I put in the rest of my money the phone went completely dead."

THEM: "Alright, what number were you dialing?"

 YOU: "Country code 61, city code 2 and the number was 667-3603."

THEM: "Okay, I need your name, address and zip code."

 YOU: "(I give her my name address and zip code.)"

THEM: "We'll have that to you in the mail in about two weeks. Sorry about your trouble."

 YOU: "Thank you. You have a hell of a day now!"

We hang up. About two weeks later I recieve a letter from AT&T's office in Jacksonville, Florida with a letter of apology and a check for $5.65.  Simple as that. Of course, I usually do 2 to 3 calls a week so my checks add up to about $10 to $15 a week.

Some Important Notes:

First of all, you HAVE to know how much your international call is going to cost. If you give them a wrong amount you're in for some extra hassel and they sometimes won't give you your refund.

Also, I described in the conversation AT&T's method of completing an  international call using coins and this is how it's always done. If you don't know how a call is made, the operator will know something's fishy. The phone  will only hold $3.00 at a time.

Third, you don't want to keep using the same international numbers over and over again. Call me crazy, but I just don't think it's a good idea. Below, I'll tell how to do all this:

The (Dramatic Pause...) Letter I Got:

For awhile in Indianapolis, Indiana I was doing pretty well with AT&T cash. I was actually considering it my second source of income because I was pulling in around $70 a week with it. Then in October of 1993 I got a letter from AT&T which read:

Dear (My real name):

Our records indicate a large number of coin refund requests. In light of this history, we cannot provide a refund until AT&T investigates and verifies this claim. As part of this investigation, please provide us with the written detail of the call and circumstances in which you lost your money. Please mail your explanation to:  Coin Refund Investigation Unit

P. O. Box 561615

Charlotte, NC 28256-1615

It's been over a year now and I never really heard from them again. Their  "investigation" probably consisted of sitting on their asses and waiting for my reply. Of course I didn't send them one and since then I've moved out of state and continue to recieve a moderate amount of AT&T money.

Divirting Addresses:

After the AT&T Letter incident, I aquired a check cashing card at the supermarket under a false name and then sent in a post office "Change Of Address" card to Baton Rouge and diverted the mail at a certain address under my fake name to my post office box in Indianapolis. When AT&T asked for the address to send the check to, I gave them the address in Baton Rouge and it was forwarded to me in Indianapolis. So I still got my AT&T cash. They just didn't know it.

Getting An International Number:

You can get a number a few ways. One is to look in the front of your phone book and find the page on completing international calls. All the major country and city codes are in there. You can just make up a number of random using a country and city code and then a bunch of numbers. Keep in mind, though, that foriegn countries numbers aren't all 7 digits like ours are.

Look up Airlines in your yellow pages. Call the 800 number for any airline you want and say you want a time table for Egypt or any country you choose. They'll take your name & address and send you some useless flight schedule junk. Somewhere in this little booklet is a whole page of international numbers. Use them, one by one...

Call up a phone book ordering office like Ameritech or Dontech and order a phone book from a far away place like Australia or Belgium. You can have them send you a bill with it which you will ignore or you can charge it to somebody else's phone number. Never give them your real name or phone number unless you actually want to pay for it. (You honest person, you...)

The last way is to choose from the below list that I have provided for you. The first few numbers are the country code, second numbers are the city code  and the last few are the phone number. Use these to start your new hobby.

London, England 44 071 633-9293         

Paris, France 33 1 4359-0034

Frankfort, Germany 49 69 291-001         

Nice, France 33 93 82-5284

Barcelona, Spain 34 3 318-8443              

Madrid, Spain 34 1 559-5620

Rome, Italy 39 6 321-0822               

Stockholm, Sweden 46 8 113613

Tel Aviv, Israel 972 3 528-9660               

Zurich, Switzerland 41 1 261-1800

Brussels, Belgium 32 2 640-1900           

Bangkok, Thailand 66 2 231-0113

Finding Out How Much Your Call Costs:

Let's say that you picked a number in England. The country code is 44 and the city code is 462 which is Letchworth Hertz. The phone number is 682-734. Go to your pay fone and dial: 011-44-462-682-734.

An operator will come on and ask how you're paying for your call. Tell her with coins. (Or, to piss her off, nickels.) She'll tell you your call will come to $4.65 for the first minute. That's all you need out of her so tell her to go to hell and hang up. You now know that your call is worth $4.65 and that's how much you tell the AT&T operator for your refund.

How They Complete International Calls:

So let's say that you were really going to make that call. She would tell you the call costs $4.65 and for you to deposit $3.00 now. You put in three bucks worth of quarters and you hear the phone start ringing over there in England. (Real funky ring, too!) As soon as the dude in England answers, the operator says to him, "This is AT&T, I have an international call. Please hold..." Then she tells you to put in the other $1.65. After you do that, she gets off the line and you're connected to England for a whole three minutes until a recording pops back up on the line and asks you for four more bucks.

The reason you put the three in first is because the phone can only handle three bucks at a time. The refund operator knows this and tries to throw you off by asking what happened when you tried to complete your call. NOW you know what to tell her.

I guess that's about all you need to know to get lots and lots of money from AT&T. Since the amount of the check is so small you can usually convince the bank or a supermarket to cash it for you with no I.D. so sometimes you don't even have to use your real name on the check. I always do, though. Hope you find this as helpful as I do when I'm real low on cash. If nothing, it should piss your parents off. Cactus.

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You!

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Issue #007

Numbers To Call When You're Bored Out Of Your Skull

Written On November 19, 1994 - Last Revision On January 5, 1995

So you've learned a billion new neat-o ways to phreak and make phree calls and you have all of this spare time on your hands and you can't think of anyone to call? In this file I'm including a majority of the strange and unusual phone numbers that I've collected over the years for you to call. Please keep in mind that this isn't a list of places to cactus (except maybe for some of the people in the Loser List), just a list of numbers for you to call when you're bored or have some time to blow. Harrassment is optional.

Included are payphones, businesses, people who need to have the hell bugged out of them, weirdos, phreaks, dweebies, sluts, security personell, etc. If you have any other numbers to add to this list, please contact me and I MIGHT just add the number to the list. Have fun! This list will be updated frequently.

Pay Phones:

Albany General Hospital, Albany, Oregon..<I> - - -503-926-9072

Amtrack Train Station - Los Angeles, California - - - 213-972-9618, 9812, 9813, 9601

Arco Gas, Castillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9026

Alpine Motel, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-687-9226

Antigue Botique (Next To Stop 'N Go), Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9274

Andrea's Seafood Restaurant, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9117, 9129

Arlington Theater..(MEN'S ROOM), Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9185

Arlington Theater..(LADIES' ROOM), Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9181

Aloha Restaurant (Carillo Street), Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-963-9911

Blue Sands Motel (South Milpas), Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9088

Beach Burger, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9151, 9143

Bob's Big Boy, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-687-9046

Breakwater Restaurant (Santa Barbara Harbor), Santa Barbara, CA...805-965-9153

Carrows Restuarant - Portland, Oregon..<I>.<H> - - - 503-256-9428, 9437

City Hall Max Train Stop, Portland, Oregon..<O> - - - 503-666-9904, 9898

Chuck's Steak House, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-687-9077

City College Cafeteria (INSIDE), Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9258, 9206

City College Cafeteria (OUTSIDE), Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9269

Colonial Motel, 206 Castillo, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9292

Cory's Auto Parts, Carillo & San Andres, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9386

College, Michigan..(Lower level, East hall)..<I>  - - - 517-774-2934

College, Michigan..(Lobby of Barnes Hall)....<I>  - - - 517-774-2935

Conoco Gas Station - Farmington, New Mexico..<O>  - - - 505-327-7012,2910

CottonWood Mall-Glen Carbon, Illinois...(By movie Theater)..<I> - - - 618-656-9717

Dean O's Pizza, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9226

Dance Across Texas Club - Austin, Texas....<O> - - - 512-416-9900,9901

Eastgate Cinema - East Alton, Illinois...(In the lobby).<I> - - - 618-254-7178

Employment Office, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9193

Educated Car Wash, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9044

Elephant Bar, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-967-9026, 9182

Fiesta 4 Theater <I>, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9983, 9904

Fiesta 4 Theater <O>, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9287

Fred Meyer's - Portland, Oregon (Front Entrance)..<I> - - - 503-774-9301, 9023

Fred Meyer's - Portland, Oregon (Side Entrance)...<I> - - - 503-774-9413, 9402

Golf And Fun, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-687-9231

Grandda Theater, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9118

Greyhound Bus Station <I>, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9111, 9447

Greyhound Bus Station <O>, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9180, 9172

Gateway Transit Center, Portland, Oregon...<O> - - - 503-256-8041

Harry's Plaza, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-687-9032

Holiday Motel, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-687-9028

Henry's Beach, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-687-9160, 9161

Hollywood Transit Center - Portland, Oregon..<O> - - - 503-280-9346

Jatzen Beach Mall - Portland, Oregon...(By Binyon's).<I> - - - 503-283-9326, 9153

Jatzen Beach Mall - Portland, Oregon...(By Ice Cream Store) - - - 503-283-9324, 9319

Jatzen Beach Mall - Portland, Oregon...(By Radio Shack).<I> - - - 503-283-9096, 9037

Lafayette Square Cinema - Indianapolis, Indiana..(In Lobby)..<I> - - - 317-297-0294

Lafayette Square Mall - Indianapolis, Indiana (By Theater) - - - 317-290-0229, 0231

Lloyd Center Mall - Portland, Oregon (Meier & Frank)..<I> - - - 503-249-9423, 9424

Los Banos Del Mar Public Pool, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9325, 9427

Lloyd Center Mall - Portland, Oregon (Nordstrom's) - - - 503-249-9910, 9911, 9939

Milpas Laundromat, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9168

Moby Dick's Restaurant (Stearns Wharf), Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9462, 9429

Marina Beach Motel, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9243

Max Mart Deli - Portland, Oregon.............<O> - - - 503-256-8025

Nick's Bar (Cliff & Meigs), Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9479

Pine & Broadway - Highland, Illinois..(Near a couple of bars).<O> - - - 618-654-9044

PDX Portland International Airport - Portland, Oregon - - - 503-249-9017, 9845, 9429

PDX " " " - Portland, Oregon..(lots of people around)....<I> - - - 503-249-9805

Raddison Hotel - Austin, Texas.....<I> - - - 512-477-0114, 0619, 0621, 0118, 0602

Ramada Inn South - Austin, Texas..(Home of HoHoCon '94).<I> - - - 512-445-9070, 9068

Reynold's High School - Troutdale, Oregon.....<I> - - - 503-666-9806

Rusty's Pizza, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-687-9217

Sheraton Hotel - Austin, Texas...(By pool area)..<I> - - - 512-478-0113, 0126

St. Francis Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9081

Santa Barbara Raquetball Club, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9284, 9257

Sonny's Pizza, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9057

Sears, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-687-9040, 9031, 9019

Tides Motel, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9056

Transit Center, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9165

Train Station, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9122, 9123

Texaco, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9267

Thrifty Gas, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9375, 9365

Skate Across Texas - Austin, Texas..(Call in evening)..<O>........512-447-5283

Wedge Motomart - Highland, Illinois.(Indoor pay phone by counter) - - - 503-654-9075

Winchell's Donuts, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-687-9121

West Beach, Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9080, 9038

Winchell's Donuts (Milpas & Yanonali), Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-963-9904

Wood River Donut Shop - Wood River, Illinois..(Talk to cops!).<I> - - - 618-254-7214

7-Eleven (Castillo Street), Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9286, 9156

7-Eleven (Cliff Drive), Santa Barbara, CA - - - 805-965-9042

Handy pay phone code list:

<I>=Indoor phone <O>=Outdoor phone <H>=Lots of people usually around this fone.

The Loser List:

April The Slut - Portland, Oregon  - - - 503-657-7313 or 503-294-8720 or 503-635-8128

Beth Pierce - Portland, Oregon..(My old apartment manager) - - - 503-253-3855

Keith & Trudy Brown..(An uptight, short-tempered couple) - - - 618-377-1319

Rob Walker..(How's the 'ol phone bill doin', Rob?) - - - 503-760-2699

Siras Alwahya - Portland, Oregon..(aka The Italian Sausage) - - - 503-650-6979

Dick Ahlers..(Call and ask for his son, Todd aka Mr. Canoehead) - - - 618-931-4402

Chris Tomkinson..(Tell him his videos are overdue) - - - 309-454-2725

Chris Tomkinson's parents.....(Tell them Chris is in jail) - - - 618-258-3147

Red Lion Hotel - Austin, Texas...(These people CANCELED HoHoCon 1994 on us for no reason! So let 'em have it!) - - - 512-323-5466

Jason Phillips - Wood River, Illinois - - - 618-254-2442

Danny Colwell - Granite City, Illinois - - - 618-931-2414

Clifton Peters - Portland, Oregon...(His VMB) - - - 503-306-9243

Adam Knight (Listens to country... Call him "Poonix" and stand back. Call him fat too!) - - - 512-852-0389 & 512-853-2168

Alex Digerlando.(Thinks he is a werewolf & has FUNKY ans.machine) - - - 908-273-2168

Albert Bachman..("I can see you through your window.") - - - 908-273-2544

Curt Zimmerman..(Tell him you "got the stuff") - - - 908-277-3589 

Antony Lickteig..(Talk to his family: Ask for Mark & Stephen.) - - - 512-991-2837

Kevin Christmas...(Totally fucked up BBS bitch.) - - - 512-855-2043

Some Woman...(Called RBCP at 3:00am. Ask for Jonnie.) - - - 512-289-5981

Lahr-Well Academy Private School....(Ask For Jason Crews) - - - 618-288-8024

Phillip Wool - Belleville, Illinois...(A wanna-be hacker) - - - 618-397-7729

Some of the people listed here just deserve to have the shit bugged out of them and others are just so freakin' air-headed that you HAVE to mess with them. In your spare time you can annoy these people with collect calls or calling cards or whatever. I especially encourage the destruction of April, a prostitute with AIDS who has unprotected sex with a different guy nightly.  A murderer, nothing less.

TDD (TTY) Phones:

Oregon Relay Service - - - 800-735-2900

Texas Relay Service - - - 800-735-2989

Illinois Relay Service - - - 800-526-0844

Ohio Relay Service - - - 800-750-0750

Missouri Relay Service - - - 800-735-2966

New Mexico Relay Service - - - 800-659-8331

Arizona Relay Service - - - 800-842-4681

Iowa Relay Service - - - 800-735-2942

Florida Relay Service - - - 800-955-8771

California Relay Service - - - 800-735-2929

AT&T Directory Asisstance..(Gives you any number in U.S.A. free!) - - - 800-855-1155

911 Emergency in Portland, Oregon - - - 503-760-2212

AIDS Hotline - - - 800-243-7889

These are a lot of fun to play with. For those who don't know, a TDD is a phone for the deaf. Some payphones are equipped with TDD terminals that pop out of the phone when you dial into a deaf phone. You can also set up your computer at a slow baud rate (300 or 1200) and use it as a deaf phone. Some things to type at them are "WHAT DO YOU MEAN, WHO IS THIS? YOU DON'T RECOGNIZE MY VOICE??" and "DON'T YOU DARE RAISE YOUR KEYS AT ME..." (Say that when they get mad.) Since some TDD phones are only able to type letters, certain codes are used by all TDD users. These include "GA" for "go ahead", "Q" instead of a question mark and  "SKSK" means good-bye.

The above listed "relay services" you can call on your terminal and the person who answers will call any number you request and act as a translator between you and the other person. They will say ANYTHING you type to them. You can cuss, make terrorist bomb threats and tell them that your pussy is wet and hot. I've done all of this and they don't care. One even relayed a singing message for me.

Another good deal with the relay services is that you can avoid toll charges when you dial through them. Occasionally you'll find an operator that can't tell where you're calling from so if you live in Illinois and want to leave a message at a number in Arizona, call Arizona Relay and they'll do it, usually free of charge!

Interesting Answering Machines and VMBs:

Hey, Ho! Nobody's Home! - Celina, Ohio - - - 419-394-2407

Steve Mitchell - New Lennox, Illinois..(Always a new message) - - - 815-485-5584

Mr. Hemmoroid Man - - - 503-256-8427

Some weird-o lady who likes to sing - - - 503-289-2439

Some little kid - Indianapolis, Indiana - - - 317-579-9222

Harold - - - 618-259-8001

Phone Company Related Numbers:

Jim Bayless (Ameritech Corporate Security, Indianapolis, IN) - - - 317-265-2539

Kathy Mallon (GTE Northwest Security) - - - 317-896-8335

AT&T Message Sender..(Send your own AT&T message to anyone!) - - - 800-562-6275

Ameritech Stocks & Newsline - - - 312-917-9797 or 800-893-LINE

Bell Atlantic Stocks & Newsline - - - 800-647-NEWS

Businesses:

Beverly Hills Cinema.....(Beverly Center, Los Angeles, CA) - - - 310-652-7767

The Church Of Jesus Crust & Later Day Saintwads - - - 800-952-3131

Circle K - Galveston, Texas - - - 409-744-5332

Dairy Queen - Portland, Oregon..(Call in LARGE pick up orders) - - - 503-661-5112

Fred Meyer's - Portland, Oregon..(ask for extension 1800) - - - 503-254-7905

Greyhound Buslines..("How much for a bus to Hawaii?") - - - 800-231-2222

Houston Hobby Airport - Houston, Texas - - - 713-643-4597

Los Angeles Police Department - - - 213-485-2121

Meier & Frank - Portland, Oregon.(Call the customer credit fones) - - - 503-281-4797

Credit Phone Extensions for M&F (above) - - - 2205, 3024, 2310, 2311, 2396

Union Station Cinema - St. Louis, Missouri..(Do you deliver?) - - - 314-231-1980

Ursuline Convent - Alton, Illinois..(A NUN'S convent!) - - - 618-463-0018

Walker's Amoco - Indianapolis, Indiana..(Very gullible people) - - - 317-353-9234

Bombay House..(Hindu restaurant. Ask about Camels.) - - - 512-857-2184

Partylines/Chatlines:

The Awesome Live Partyline..(Actually, not that great) - - - 809-474-2569

Hotel California...(THE BEST PARTYLINE! Ask for Roy & his gerbil) - - - 801-234-SHIT

Viper Room.(Hotel California's sister line) - - - 801-855-SHIT

Motel "69" - - - 809-563-0069

Underground Partyline..(No, not REALLY underground) - - - 515-945-6700

Most of the partylines that you find listed in the back of a Rolling Stone or Spin magazine is totally free of charge, you pay only the long distance charges. Don't let the 809 area codes fool ya, though. They're located in the Dominican Republic and cost quite a bit more than normal U.S. charges. Most of the people you meet on these lines are screwing the phone company in some way because they're all partyline addicts who HAVE to call every day so you can sometimes learn new tricks on these lines.

Miscellaneous Weird Stuff:

Dick Clark's Trivia Line..(An interactive contest) - - - 800-328-2120

Elevator phones -...A college in Michigan.(When calling these, - - - 517-774-4292

Elevator phones -...you are on speaker phone in the elevator!) - - - 517-774-2263

The White House - Washington D.C...(Yeah, is Bill there?) - - - 202-456-1414

My voicemail.......(How about some more numbers, please?) - - - 512-370-4680

The Orgasmic Operator (Listen to the whole recording) - - - 618-254-0000

The HoHoCon Voice Mail - Houston, Texas - - - 713-867-9544

Girlscout Cookie Hotline...(Send them to your house!) - - - 800-882-6468

A Few BBS Numbers:

Bogus Journey - Edwardsville, Illinois - - - 618-656-7266

Roy's Place - Granite City, Illinois..(PLA WHQ) - - - 618-797-2339

Sonic Youth Systems - - - 512-851-8317

The Sprawl - Austin, Texas - - - 512-458-3409

Ripco - Chicago, Illinois....(Phreaking Since 1983) - - - 312-528-5020

CAUG-PC BBS..(Catholic pay board; charges the hell out of people) - - - 512-993-8876

CCAT.........(Another annoying pay board...(Wildcat!)) - - - 512-242-2206

CDS....(Automated "sysops" break in for chat.) - - - 512-887-0787

  

Roy:

Village Clerk - Roy, New Mexico - - - 505-485-2541

Roy Taxi Service in Austin, Texas - - - 512-482-0000

Roy Colwell - Caseyville, Illinois.(His wife is praying for you) - - - 618-345-4074

Police Department - Roy, New Mexico - - - 505-485-2204

Roy Electric - - - 718-434-7002

Roy Incorporated - - - 516-742-8831

Roy's Sewer Service - - - 718-927-1456

Roy Boy's - - - 503-245-8289

Roy & Roy Consulting - - - 503-282-7594

Roy Wilson - - - 718-434-5540 & 718-859-8185

Roy's Carpet Factory Outlet - Wayne, Oklahoma - - - 800-468-3280

Roy Perry - Jonesboro, Arkansas - - - 501-xxx-xxxx

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You!

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512-643-3049 The Final Frontier

512-851-8317 Sonic Youth Systems

512-883-7543 PLA WHQ Texas Line

618-797-2339 PLA WHQ Illinois Line

And PLEASE Don't Pay For Your Fone Calls!


Issue #008

How To Turn The Work Life Of A Local 7-Eleven Employee Into A Living Hell

Written On September 6, 1994 - Last Revision on March 28, 1995

I've worked in a zillion different convienence type stores and gas stations and I KNOW what used to piss me off so this file is fairly accurate. Most of the more destructive ideas have been tried by me and friends while working the graveyard shift at the Han-Dee-Mart as it gets extremely boring there at night. Keep in mind that a conveinence store gets pretty busy sometimes and the cashier can't watch every section of the store all at once so don't worry about him/her seeing you do most of this stuff. Even if you're caught, the worst that happens is you get kicked out for the day. (You can go back the next day because they've usually hired someone new by then.) Cactus!

Included at the end is a section FOR the conveinence store employees to help them cope with working the graveyard shift at a dead-end job. If you have any comments, stories or anything else, please contact me at 512-370-4680. I'm there to listen.

"I have told you a million times not to make shambles of my candy isle so I have no other choice but to tell you once again not to make shambles out of my candy isle. Have a nice day." -A clerk said something similar to Bart Simpson

1. If the condoms are accessable to you, use a needle and poke holes in all of them.

2. Take Ex-Lax and put it in the donuts, cookies, ice cream, coffee machine, cashier's soda, etc.

3. Take one bite out of each of the cookies and donuts.

4. Mix all of the items in the condiments bar together to form a big, yucky salad. Be sure to spill items all over each other and on the floor.

5. Use a razor blade to make a slit in each one of the cartons of milk. This will start a very small drip-leak but when a customer picks up the milk it should spill pretty good. This makes a good mess inside AND outside of the cooler. Really a bitch to clean up.

6. Paint the front sidewalk in pychedelic colors.

7. Bring a ton of items up to the counter. After the cashier rings everything up and asks for your $34.75, tell him you changed your mind and walk out, leaving everything on the counter.

8. Most of the more popular stores have a toll-free customer hotline for customers to call in and complain or make suggestions. Find this number (usually written on the outside window) and call it once a day to complain about an employee you don't like.

9. Put a full pot of coffee under the coffee spout. Then press the button that starts the coffee maker. This will overflow the pot and create a tremendous mess.

10.Jam the handle on the Slurpee/Slushie/Whatever machine so that the mush keeps on flowing after you leave. What the cashier cry when he finds it.

11.Ask for $600 in money orders and twenty lotto tickets. After the cashier prints up the money orders and lotto tickets, leave. It's a real bitch to void out money orders and lotto.

12.Sit your fountain drink on top of a video game. There's usually some vents on top of the game so whoops! Accidentally knock your drink over so the entire 44 ounces of Pepsi spill into these vents. This makes for some pretty neat-o smoking effects as well as sparks and fire. Make sure that it's not a cool game that you play often because you won't be playing it anymore.

13.Fill up a Super Tanker Gigantic drink cup with Pepsi. Take it all around the store with you spilling it's contents all over the items on the shelves as you go along. You can imagine what it'd be like to clean this up.

14.On a really hot day, get on the roof and turn off the air conditioning. If possible, make sure that the air conditioners will never work again. Be extremely quiet when walking around up there so mister cashier doesn't hear you.

15.Telephone the cashier and start asking him questions about robberies like:

* "Do you have one of those silent alarm buttons you could press if I were to rob you?"

* "Do the police in your neighborhood respond quickly when something bad happens in your store?"

"How many times has your store been robbed? Was the robber caught?"

"Theoreticly speaking, if a professional robber such as myself were to come in and rob you, what are the chances of me getting caught?"

"Do you carry a loaded gun behind the counter?"

"How much money is in your cash drawer right now? That's all? Uhhh, could you please not drop anymore in the safe until I get there? I, uh, need  to cash a check, yeah, that's it."

"Are you afraid of death?"

16.Order a telephone calling card for the store and obtain the pin number.  Using the card, make tons of harrassing calls to the store until the card goes dead. When they get their bill, they realize that they've been paying for their own harrassment.

17.Find out the store manager's name or the store owner's name. From a pay phone call your friends in Austraila and third number bill it to the store,  saying that you're the manager. The cashier will accept the charges when he thinks it's the manager.

18.Order call forwarding for the store. Ask the cashier if you can use the phone and dial 72#-911 or *72-911. When 911 answers, tell them you got the wrong number and hang up. Now go out to a pay phone and call the store and you'll get 911. Make up some big story about how you're getting robbed and they've thrown you in the cooler and taken customers hostage, etc. If 911 calls back to verify this, they'll get their own office, 911.

19.Start picking up items around the store and dropping them in the trash can.

Going Where You're Not Supposed To:

It's hard for a 7-Eleven to make money, especially with people like us in this world, therefore they are usually understaffed. If there's only one person working the swing shift (the 4:00pm-Midnight) then you're in for some extra fun. Make SURE there's only one guy there by calling him and asking. If he's the only one there and it's busy, he HAS to stay at the register so you're free to go anywhere else in the store, including the back room and walk-in freezer.

20.Go in the walk-in freezer with a friend. Veg out on the beer cases and get drunk off your asses. You can usually keep a good eye on the cashier through the window but after a few beers you stop caring about him.

21.Find the back room and look for a few five foot tall cylinder things. These are called CO2 tanks which is what gives the fountain sodas their fizz.  Locate the one hooked up to a hose and turn it off. Everyone's soda will taste pretty damn gross now.

22.Take it one step further by disconnecting all of the soda tanks. It'll take the poor cashier an hour to figure out why there's no soda, and another hour to hook 'em all back up and figure out which hose goes to which tank.

23.If there's not a public restroom then there's definately an employee restroom in the back someplace. Go in there and the employees will sometimes keep their personal belongings lying around. Steal it all and then phone the cashier, demanding a ransom for his stuff.

24.Look for the employee schedule and time sheet hanging somewhere on the wall. Steal the shedule so you'll know who's working for the rest of the week. Flush the time sheet down the toilet so the manager won't know who worked when all week and nobody'll get paid.

25.Instead of flushing the time sheet, find an employee on it that you're not too fond of and add a few hours here and there on his time card. The manager will most likely notice this and either think the employee is  trying to cheat for more hours or think that another employee is trying to get him in trouble. If the manager DOESN'T notice, that guy's going to have a nice, hefty paycheck next week.

26.Find the manager's office. It's probably locked but most can be opened with the credit card method. Once in the manager's office, loot. Have your friend watch the security monitor so you'll know if the cashier's comming,  while you look for things you want to take. The computer is a nice start.

If that's too big, how about the modem. You can steal the employee files and then freak them out by calling them and reciting information to them.  Also, security video tapes would be kind of neat to have. In the more modern stores, the cash register is linked with the computer in the office. Sometimes the register won't work without the computer being turned on so unplug the computer and take the cord home with you. Pretty soon the  cashier will be using a pocket calculator and a shoebox to ring up the merchandise.

27.The main phone wires are usually somewhere in the back room. You can slow the cashier down quite a bit by disconnecting them all. Don't just unhook them, though. Cut all of them down that you can find and take them with you so there's little chance of them being fixed anytime soon. What does this accomplish? Well, the Lotto machine will stop working soon after losing it's phone line. No more checks, credit cards, ATM cards, gas cards because the credit validation machines can't call in to get approval. Believe me, I know that this is frustrating. Worse thing is, when he starts having all of these problems, he can't call anyone for help because his phone doesn't  work anymore. To make it even more pathetic, put the outside pay phones out of commission so he doesn't have a chance.

28.The back rooms are filled with stock that won't fit out on the sales floor. Since there usually aren't any cameras in the back room, this is your chance for fearless shoplifting! Bring a large bag...

29.The gas pump controls should be lurking about somewhere. Take a look at all the buttons and figure out for yourself which ones would be most disaterous to shut off. There's usually serveral shut off switches so shut them ALL off. The cashier will spend a great deal of his life staring at the banks of switches trying to figure out how to turn them back on.

30.Find the circuit breaker boxes. They'll always be unlocked. Find the main switches on all of them and shut them all off at once, cutting the power to the whole store. Since it's dark, you'll be able to slip back out onto the sales floor without being spotted. The cashier will probably assume it's a normal power outage. This is a perfect time for shoplifting.

Gas Stations:

31.If it's a self-service station, the cashier hears an annoying BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP... when you lift the gas nozzle and push the lever up. The cashier is supposed to look outside, take note of the car and the driver,  then hit the Validate button so you can get your gas. Walk up to a pump,  out of the cashier's view, hide behind the pump and push the lever up. The cashier will go nuts trying to figure out why the console's beeping if there's no car out there. Go from pump to pump doing this until the cashier comes out to say, "Hey...cut that out."

32.Okay, this is a good one I've always wanted to try. Go to one of those personalized license plate booths in the mall. You know, the one's where you make a plate ILUVYOU for your girlfriend to hang in her room. Find out what the cashier's license plate number is or, failing that, find out what his mother's license plate number is. Attach this plate to the front of your car and pull in to get some gas. Make sure the cashier can see your license plate very clearly. Fill up your tank with Super Unleaded. Make sure the cashier is watching, get in your car and slowly back out of the parking lot, giving the cashier's reflexes time to kick in so he can find a pen and write down your license plate number. Have a friend hang around the store to watch the fun next. See, if the cashier doesn't get a plate number, then he's in a lot of trouble. When someone gets gas and doesn't pay for it, the cashier has to call the police and fill out a report and everything so he doesn't get a disciplinary write up. The cop will want to know the make of car, the plate number and a description of who was driving. (A good idea is to wear a cap and glasses, not that a cop is any real threat.) When the cop runs the plate number through he's going to come up with the  cashier's name (or his mom's) and we're all in for a lot of confusion and fun. I have no idea what the outcome would be.

33.At full service station, pull up to the pump and make sure your gas tank is on the opposite side as the gas pump so the gas attendant has to manage to get the hose on the other side. If he says you have to turn your car around say, "Aw, it'll reach, I promise."

34.Also at full service, if you're needing unleaded gasoline, pull up so your gas tank is about four feet past the unleaded pump. Tell the gas attendant you want five bucks unleaded and go inside. This is a pain in the hiney for the gas attendant because he's so far away from the pump that he can't see when he's up to five bucks. Usually they end up pumping a little, running over to the pump to see how much left to go, running back and pumping a little more, running back to check again, etc, etc...Piss him off more by saying, "Hurry it up a little, willya?"

35.Most every gas pump I've seen can be locked with a normal padlock. Go in the store and shoplift as many Master padlocks as you need. Bring them outside and lock up each one of the pumps. Since the average gas station doesn't have a pair of bolt cutters on the premises, nobody will be getting gas for the rest of the night.

36.Gas stations have to take daily gas readings by sticking a really long pole into the the ground where the big underground tanks are located. You can find these poles somewhere around the outside of the building or by the dumpster and there's usually several of them. Take them all and the station won't be able to take the daily readings anymore.

37.Get in your car and drive a few blocks from the store. Floor it towards the store and try to get up to 90 M.P.H. by the time you hit the parking lot.  Smash directly into a gas pump, blowing up the pump, the car and killing yourself. Try to enter the parking lot at the right angle so after you smash through the pump you'll crash through the store's front window and into the cashier, killing him too.

38.Pick up the gas pump nozzle, squeeze it and hold a match in front of it to create a flame thrower. Burn all of the nearby customers to a crisp and try to set the store on fire before the cashier hits the Emergency ShutOff switch. (Can you tell I'm running out of ideas?)

Surviving Graveyard Shift:

This last section is for the 7-Eleven employees. As anyone who's worked it knows, graveyards are the most boring eight hours of your day. At about a customer an hour, there's not a whole hell of a lot to do. Your manager has probably provided you with a checklist of work to do but it's usually not very much fun to do work.

39.First order of business. Try to think of the most creative way to destroy your manager's checklist. Make it a point not to do ANYthing on the list.   If you do, you'll get no praise for it. If you don't, you'll be doing just exactly what's expected of you. Nothing. If you lose your job, oh well.  There's a million other 7-Elevens out there looking for a slave.

40.Bring a radio, even if they're not permitted. No human being should be expected to sit in total silence for eight hours. Sure, that's what your checklist is for but remember, you destroyed that. I'm sure your manager will understand.

41.Open the Clearly Canadian bottles and drop Alkaselters (sp?) into them. If you drop enough in you can make a pretty good mess. If you're worried about the mess, do it outside.

42.Sit on a gas pump and light fireworks, occasionally dropping one on the ground by the pump, making everyone nearby nervous and jumpy.

43.Be extremely rude to everyone that comes in to shop, especially the cops who come in to buy the entire stock of Hostess donuts and think that just because they're cops, they get free coffee. If you really hate doing any work at all, this will help. When you're rude people go out of their way to keep from shopping at your store.

44.Make prank phone calls to the other store across the street.

45.Sweep the parking lot. Do a real good job and when you get to the edge of the parking lot, keep going and going until you've swept the entire block.  Then sweep the streets in the area and the parking lot across the street.

46.Take all the breakfast and snack food from the shelves and hide them in the back room. The cops will cry when there's no more Hostess donuts.

47.Go over to the store across the street and start cleaning up their store just to see the other guy's reaction.

Proven Ways To Get Yourself Shot:

48. When being robbed at gunpoint, be a real sarcastic smartass to the guy holding a gun in your face. Make fun of obvious things such as his weight,  facial scars, etc.

49. If that doesn't work, whip out a pen and start taking notes. When the robber asks you what in the hell you're doing, say, "I'm writing down your description for the police. I have a short memory, okay?"

50. If THAT doesn't work, pick up the phone and dial 911. Tell the police what's happening as you take your time putting the robber's money into a paper bag. If he gets mad, tell him, "Shhhhhhh! I'm on the PHONE!"

51. If a black guy comes up to the counter to pay for his 12 pack of beer, look him in the eye and say, "This establishment don't serve no colored folks."

52. When the pimps that always hang out in front come in to buy alcohol, card them. Insist that the picture on the I.D. isn't them and refuse the sale,  smiling the whole time.

53. Be really rude to the gang members. Wear the opposite colors that they do and tell them you're Homey G Roy and they're going DOWN!

54. If O.J. Simpson comes in to buy a pair of gloves, start cracking a bunch of bad O.J. jokes.

Screwing Your Store Out Of Millions Of Dollars:

A friend of mine is getting a job at a Hit 'N Run store and wants me to write him out a list of different ways to screw the store out of money for himself so I'm just going to add the list onto the end of this file. I'm sure that he's not really considering doing any of these horrible things and just wants to know so he can watch the other employees to make sure they're not stealing.  Yeah, that's it...

Most of these are obvious but maybe there'll be a few ideas that you never thought of. Most stores have a camera pointing at the cash register from several different directions and the more modern stores have the registers linked to the cameras so that whatever you type into the register it appears on the security tape. (Pretty sneaky) This prevents you from charging your friends' 50 cents for a case of beer.

55.First of all, all your groceries are going to be free now. This itself can be a real penny saver. Bring a back pack or something similar to work every day and load it up with your favorite foods and candy. If you have a car, load up the trunk. Keep in mind, it's very common for a manager or a district manager to sit across the street in their car for hours and watch you so make sure they're not there. In one case, the district manager actually rented out the building across the street so he could sit in there and watch the employees with his binoculars. (He caught this one guy loading up about ten bags of food into his car.)

56.Your manager probably didn't mention this, but all of your friends' get special discounts! Twelve packs of beer are seventy five cents, fountain drinks and Slurpees are only ten cents, candy bars are five cents, packs of cigarettes are half price, etc.

57.The most common form of employee theft is collecting the money for something, not ringing it up and putting the money in your pocket. Once you've worked there for awhile you pretty much know all the prices without ringing any of them up. The trick is to make it look like you've rang it up because customers will notice that you don't and inform the manager. (Believe me, they really will do this.) Let's say a customer buys a pack of cigarettes. They're $2.19 ($2.36 with tax). Hit CLEAR 219 CLEAR 236, collect they're money and hit CLEAR NOSALE. That's a pretty good simulation of ringing up something for real. The customer will see the price on the register and assume everything's normal. Instead of pocketing the money all at once, keep a little tally sheet next to your register and write down the amount of each sale that you haven't rang up. When you're done doing this, add the numbers all up and collect the full amount. This lessens the chances of someone seeing you pocketing the money.

58.What if you've got about fifty dollars in merchandise that you haven't rang up but there's three cameras watching you and there's no way that you could possibly take the cash without the cameras seeing you? Well, call a friend and tell them to come over. The friend will buy something in the store and you ring up the friend for his purchase and then give him his "change" which will include the fifty bucks that you've stolen. The only bad part is that now you're expected to share your cut with the friend.

59.Be careful when selling your underaged friends alcohol. Make sure to card them, look at the I.D. very closely (make it look real) and then ring up their beer. (Which is 75 cents, remember?) And hopefully your friend doesn't look like he's ten years old. Put the beer in a (hopefully paper) bag so a cop doesn't stop him walking out of the store with the alcohol. Make sure you tell your friend that if he's caught drinking this beer and the police asks where he got it, he doesn't tell them where he got it. Tell him to name another store nearby so you won't get into any trouble. (Besides, they'll have proof on the security tapes.)

60.Most stores have some way of keeping inventory on the cigarettes so the employees aren't stealing them all. If you have to count each individual pack of cigarettes at the beginning and end of your shift, things are gonna be hard on you. For one, you'll have to ring up every pack of cigarettes that you sell. If there's something else in the store that costs the same as a pack of cigs, you can ring this item up under the cigarette key. Lets say that a customer buys a gallon of milk which is $2.36, the same as cigarettes. Instead of ringing up $2.36 on the grocery key, ring it up on the cigarette key. There, now you've got one pack of cigarettes!

61.Usually the stores will only keep a tight inventory on the cartons of cigarettes and not the individual packs. In fact, I've never seen a store that doesn't keep tight inventory on the cartons. So don't steal the cartons but load up on the packs. Remember that when your friends come in they get that special deal, five packs of cigs for the price of one! And since they're a friend, it only costs about $1.50!

62.Credit Card Machines (masturbating...) There's a button on the credit card machine called REPRINT. Every time a customer uses a Mastercard or Visa,  press this button after they leave. This will give you a reprint of their receipt and their credit card number will be on this. A customer comes in and buys some gas and fifty dollars worth of condoms and a Hustler magazine totally $65 and pays cash. Ring this up on the register. After they leave, hit the MANUAL ENTRY button on the credit card machine and it'll ask you for your card number. Whip out your list of card numbers and punch one in. Then the expiration date. Then the amount of the sale which is $65.  A receipt will come out and you can scribble a "signature" on it and put it in with your other receipts. Now that the purchase has been paid for with a credit card, you're free to take the $65 in cash home with you. Just make sure you're not still working there next month when the owner of the card you used gets his bill.

63.Arrange for some friends to come in and do a "beer run." Have them steal a good amount of twelve packs and run out the door with them. Make sure that there's no "good samaritan" customers out in the lot who will catch your friends and drag them back in the store. Pretend to be surprised, maybe run after them for a second. Then go to the phone and call the police's non-emergency number and explain what happened. Give them incorrect information like they're on foot (if they're in a car) or they're headed down a certain street when they're really going the other way. The police will show up and you'll have to fill out a report and that's the end. After your shift is over, go to your friends' house and get drunk.

64.A customer comes in and buys $10 worth of merchandise and leaves. Take  their receipt and write it down on your paper work as an over-ring. (Like the cusomer didn't have enough money and you had already rang it up.) Now there's $10 in the register for you.

The managers know that all this stuff happens. They watch security tapes as much as they can be usually it's hard to watch the entire thing. (Impossible if there's only one manager doing it.) Break into the room with the monitors so you can look and see exactly what the cameras pick up so you'll know what you're up against. No matter how many cameras they have, though, there's always several ways around it all. You could pause the tape from recording,  go out and steal some money and then run back in and turn the tape back on. It would be very unlikely for anyone to notice this jump on the tape.

Each store I've worked at has a daily paper called a "frequency chart." Or something like that. This takes note of each shift, who was working, how much money they made, how many refunds there were, how many customers, etc, etc.  Each day of the week has a different amount of business and this chart keeps track of all that. When the manager looks at the chart they may notice that when YOU work sales are down alot. This is because you're stealing. If this continues every day only on your shift, the manager will start watching the security tapes of your shift a lot closer and start parking his car across the street to watch you. So don't get greedy and you should be okay. If you can, break into the office and find this frequency chart to see how you're doing.  When they see oddities, they'll sometimes highlight them and make notes.

When you're caught stealing, you'll be fired, that's all. I've never seen a store try to take legal action because of employee theft even if they have it all on video tape. (Well, except for that time I looted the Wood River, IL 7-Eleven of about $4,000 in cash one night but I won't get into THAT.) You just won't be able to shop there anymore and you won't be able to use them as a job reference. (Oh, darn.) So you don't have to really fear getting caught unless you really need the job.

DISCLAIMER: RedBoxChiliPepper takes all responsibility for your actions. If anyone gets pissed off at you, anyone dies or anything is damaged, just show them this file and the note below:

To whom it may concern: The information presented in this text has brainwashed ____________.  Please refrain from doing anything to him as RedBoxChiliPepper takes absolutely all responsiblity for their action(s). Contact him if any problems arise. (512)-370-4680

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You!

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And PLEASE Don't Pay For Your Fone Calls!


Issue #009

Jim Bayless's Triumph

by Colleen ChiliPepper

Written On November 9, 1994

This is an actual play that was presented in class. It was awarded an "A+." It is not to be confused with reality because we all know that phone company security personell never really catch who they're after. If you have any questions about this ongoing case, feel free to call Jim Bayless at work.  (Ameritech Corporate Security) His number is 317-265-2539 or 317-556-4722.

Open, a young man in a telephone booth calling some lady.

BRAD: Hello, this is Jim Bayless from Ameritech Corporate Security and we've been having some problems with our voice mail system. I was wondering if we could have your code number to help aid us in cleaning up this problem?

MRS. SMITH: What was your name, Tim Bazil? Speghetti sounds good for dinner but bazil is a little too strong a spice for me. Do you have any garlic?

BRAD: Bayless, ma'am.

MRS.SMITH: No, Mrs. Smith. Now what was it you wanted? Oh yes, my code number is 4623.

BRAD: Thank you very much for your time and cooperation. I will call you tomorrow and let you know how this case is going.

MRS. SMITH: Bye now!

BRAD: (After hanging up phone) Ha, ha, ha! I'm gonna get her! (Pauses as he dials up her voice mail system and gets into her box) Hi, I'm not here right now and neither is Mrs. Smith. The stupid, slimey slug is out rolling dog doo doo. Mrs. Smith, you're stupid! I can't believe you just gave me your code you stupid retard! Ha ha! [Note: Certain words had to be substituted as cussing was not allowed in the classroom.]

NEXT DAY

After listening to her voicemail's outgoing message, Mrs. Smith decides to call Ameritech Security.

MRS SMITH: I need to speak with Mr. Jim Bayless.

MR. BAYLESS: Yes? Speaking, how can I help you?

MRS. SMITH: My name is Mrs. Smith and this little brat called my work saying he was you and convinced me to give him my passcode. Then he called my voicemail and said some very mean stuff. He called me a slimey slug in dog doo doo. Then he called me a retard! I want this taken care of immediately. I can't even get my messages because he changed my passcodes.

MR. BAYLESS: I know who that is, don't worry ma'am. I'll take care of Brad Carson, a.k.a. RedBoxChiliPepper!

TWO WEEKS LATER

Mr. Bayless tracks Mr. Carson down and calls him.

MR. BAYLESS: Mister, I got you in the hot seat! You have two choices: You can stop now and I'll give you a Resses Peanut Butter Cup every day that you're good. I know you're a nice person and I have faith in you. Or, I'll track you down and make you come work for me until you learn to be a good, upstanding citizen.

BRAD: No, Mr. Bayless, anything but a job at the phone company. And you know I love Reeses. I'll be good. When's the delivery boy comming over?

MR. BAYLESS: Right now! Chris Tomkinson, go to Phone Phreakers Lane and bring RedBoxChiliPepper this Reeses.

CHRIS: (Knocks on telephone booth door & give Brad a reeses.)

BRAD: Boy, oh boy, a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup! (He shoves them in his mouth and looks up and Chris is standing with his hand out.)

CHRIS: Tip?

BRAD: I'll give you a tip, don't give out your social security number! (Brad slams the telephone booth door in his face.)

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You! The P.L.A. Voice Mailbox number is 512-370-4680. And PLEASE don't pay for your phone calls.  –RBCP


Issue #010

Scanner Freqencies (Listening To What You Shouldn't)

Written On January 2, 1995 - Last Revision on January 2, 1995

If you own a scanner, please don't let it just sit there and do nothing. Put it to good use and eavesdrop with it. Listed below are all of the frequencies that I know of and scan whenever I'm bored, which is quite often. A lot of these frequencies were reprinted from the SportCat Frequency Guide. Oh, and Happy New Years!

12 Band Coverage:

First of all, here's the range of freqencies that most scanners carry. Although it's extremely illegal, I reccommend listening in on the 806-9xx range. This is where you pick up cellular phone conversations.

29.0 - 29.7 MHz 10 Meter Ham

29.7 - 50.0 MHz Low Band

50.0 - 54.0 MHz 6 Meter Ham

108 - 137 MHz Aircraft

137 - 144 MHz Military

144 - 148 MHz 2 Meter Ham

148 - 174 MHz High Band

406 - 420 MHz Federal Government

420 - 450 MHz 70 cm Ham

450 - 470 MHz UHF Band

470 - 512 MHz "T" Band

806 - 956 MHz "800" Band (Cellular)

I've heard that it's supposed to be illegal to sell or make scanners anymore that let you listen in on the "800" band, although I still see those kind in stores and I've bought one. Scanners that won't pick up cellular can usually be easily modified to do so. If not, you've always got the cordless phone channels to play with.

Cordless Phones:

If you live in a suburban area you'll be able to tune into just about any of the following frequencies. Evening listening is usually the best time. You should be able to hear both sides of the conversation on either the base OR the handset.

          Base Unit       Channel         Handset

           46.61           CH 1            49.67

           46.63           CH 2            49.845

           46.67           CH 3            49.86

           46.71           CH 4            49.77

           46.73           CH 5            49.875

           46.77           CH 6            49.83

           46.83           CH 7            49.89

           46.87           CH 8            49.99

           46.93           CH 9            49.99

           46.97           CH 10           49.97

If you pick up at the beginning of the conversation or they click over to use the 'ol three-way calling, you can hear them use the touch tones. If you record these tones you can either run them through a DTMF decoder or figure them out through process of elimination and have every number they dial. You'll be amazed at the things that are said on people's phones. If you're lucky, they'll enter their calling card number at some point.

Cordless fone eavesdropping is just about the funnest thing you can possibly do with your scanner. When people call up businesses and make arrangements of any kind you can immediately call the business back and cancel or change the arrangements. Like when a kid ordered 2 large pizzas and after he hung up I called back the pizza place and changed that to 15 large pizzas.

While listening to a 14 year old girl in Texas, we kept calling her and the friends she called on three-way and repeating parts of the conversation. We had her convinced that we were in the bushes outside of her house and had beige boxed into her line. It never occured to her that cordless phones put out RADIO WAVES and that people can LISTEN TO THEM! Sheesh. (Check out PLA014.TXT for a detailed text on cordless fone harrassment.)

Wireless Microphones & Fast Food Drive-Thrus:

The following frequencies are used by people delivering speeches, entertainers, professional singers, football referees and other people who have a need for a wireless microphone. So if you're not cool enough to get into a convention and they're using a wireless microphone, you can listen in anyways. Frequencies which have a star next to it are also used at drive-through restaurants for transmitting customer orders to cashiers and customers. (Sometimes accomplished on seperate channels so you MIGHT only hear one side.)

 30.84, 33.12, 33.14*, 33.40*, 35.02*, 36.70,  37.10, 40.22, 40.68, 42.98, 44.87, 47.27, 49.83-49.99, 150.775, 150.790       151.625, 151.715*, 151.775*, 154.570*, 154.600*, 165.9125, 167.3375, 167.4875, 167.875, 169.200, 169.425, 169.445*, 169.505, 170.225, 170.245*, 170.305*, 171.045*, 171.105*, 171.125, 171.450, 171.825, 171.845, 171.905*, 172.000, 172.200, 457.525*, 457.550*, 457.5625*, 457.5875*, 457.575*, 457.600*, 460.8875*, 461.1125,  465.8875*, 466.200, 467.750, 467.775*, 467.7875*, 467.800,  467.8125*, 467.825, 467.850, 467.875, 467.900, 467.925

I've never had any reason yet to listen in on wireless mics. After all, if they're broadcasting from one of those, chances are I'm going to hear them without the scanner. Let me tell ya, though, listening to the drive-thrus can sometimes be pretty entertaining. In most fast food places they use the radios to communicate with each other and talk bad about customers.

I wonder, if a singer was performing in the park next to McDonald's would the drive-thru orders drown him out sometimes?

Grateful Dead Tour:

462.4875 Operations      469.375 Security         469.775 Crew

Greenpeace:

151.625, 462.575, 462.600, 462.625, 464.500, 464.550

Additional Frequency Information:

The Frequency Fan Club puts out a monthly newsletter called Race Scanning Monthly. If you'd like information or to subscribe, call or write them.

Frequency Fan Club

P.O.Box 1987

Richmond Hill, GA 31324

1-800-RACE-FAN (phone)

1-800-SCAN-FAX (phax)

Another place you gotta go to if you have a scanner is Radio Shack. They'll have a book that covers your state and a few surrounding states that costs under $10. The book includes police, fire and medical frequencies for every single town in the entire state. It also includes school buses, local businesses, colleges, sometimes taxis. Definately worth the money if you're not planning on shoplifting it.

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You! The P.L.A. Voice Mailbox number is 512-370-4680. And PLEASE don't pay for your phone calls.  –RBCP


Issue #011

Phone Call Transcripts

Written On December 15, 1994 - Last Revision on December 15, 1994

Here's a bunch of phone call transcripts that I typed up simply because I have no life to speak of. Most of them are actual calls, typed straight from a cassette tape but a few are just made up, something I did to kill time on a rainy day. The made up ones are pretty obviously made up, as they include operator suicides and police raids on phone booths.

By the way I have tons of cassette tapes FULL of most of this crap and more.  If you'd like to order the actual tape or want to submit some of your own calls, dial 512-370-4680 voice and listen to the message, or leave your own message.

MasterRoy:

AT&T: "This is the AT&T operator, may I help you?"

RBCP: "Yeah, I want to use my credit card to bill this call."

AT&T: "Please hold while I get an operator who can validate your card."

RBCP: ".........Hello?............Hellooooooooooo??....Hey, operator, what, you get drunk and fall off of your chair or what?"

AT&T: (Irritated) "If you'll wait just a minute, sir, I'm getting someone here who can validate your card."

RBCP: "Well, geez, it's taking you long enough. Don't you know you're not supposed to drink on the job?"

AT&T: (New operator) "This is AT&T, what kind of card will you be using?"

RBCP: "It's a MasterRoy."

AT&T: "Excuse me?"

RBCP: "MasterRoy. You know, Master the possibilities? The universal credit card? No other card more accepted on the planet?"

AT&T: "You mean Mastercard."

RBCP: "Well, it's from the bank in Roy, New Mexico and they call it a MasterRoy. They're pretty silly people, aren't they?"

AT&T: "Could I have the expiration date, please?"

RBCP: "Yes, it's 13/97."

AT&T: "What's that?"

RBCP: "The expiration date is 13/97."

AT&T: "That can't be right, sir."

RBCP: "Well, the kid who put my card together at the Roy Bank was new and I think he made a misprint on my card. It's probably supposed to say 12/97."

AT&T: (I hear her hitting the buttons harder, as if in frustration.) "Thank you for using AT&T. Your call is completing."

Operator 4592:

AT&T: "AT&T, Operator 4592. How were you wanting to bill your call, sir?"

RBCP: "I want to charge it to my home phone. My number is 618-258-1160 and my name is Darin McCall."

AT&T: "Just a minute......Sir, the man on the other line says that HE is Darin McCall."

RBCP: "Hmmm...Maybe that's because I just picked his name at random out of the  phone book and I'm trying to call my friend in Austraila and bill it to him."

AT&T: "You can't do that. Obviously, it doesn't work."

RBCP: "Yes it does work, actually. About every third try it seems to work. You see, usually the wife will answer and she'll think it's her husband trying to make a legitimate phone call."

AT&T: "You'll be caught, though, sooner or later."

RBCP: "And if the third number billing doesn't work, I'll simply use one of the stolen calling cards I've obtained or perhaps a business's PBX  number."

AT&T: "I hope you get caught."

RBCP: "I won't. I wrote down your operator number you gave me and I know how to get your name from that. If you don't start being nice to me, I'll charge some calls to your house. You can't stop me, you know."

AT&T: "Fuck you, you little bastard."

 

Then she hung up. I swear, some operators just have absolutely no sense of humor at all. I was just trying to make her job a little more exciting. I did feel sort of bad when I saw the news that night and found out that she had tried to hang herself shortly afterwards with her operator headset.                                                                            

A Little Fun Backfires:

AT&T: "AT&T, Please deposit 80 cents for the past three minutes."

RBCP: (I take a handfull of coins and jingle them next to the mouthpiece.) “You hear that? I've got all this money and I'm not giving you one damn cent! Hahaha!"

AT&T: "Oh, well THAT'S fine with me, I'll just bill it to the number you called then."

RBCP: "Hey, go ahead, buster. I was harrassing those people anyways. I'll be even better if they get a bill for it.........Well...hmmm, I guess maybe I can give you a little money. Here's fifty cents..." (beepbeepbeepbeep)

AT&T: "Sir, it has to be real coins, not a recording. Do you want me to turn you in to security right now?"

RBCP: "That's not a recording, it's a red box! They're electronicly produced coins. Learn to tell the difference, you shmuck."

AT&T: "Okay, let me turn you in to security right now....."

SUPR: "This is the supervisor. Can I help you?"

RBCP: "Gee, that's funny. He told me that he was getting security but all I get is a lousey low-life supervisor. What do you want?"

AT&T: "Sir, 80 cents."

RBCP: "Okay, here...." beepbeepbeepbeepbeep....beepbeepbeepbeepbeep...(I box in the eighty cents he wants.) "Oh, and here's an extra quarter just because I like you." beepbeepbeepbeepbeep!

SUPR: "Those aren't real coins, sir. Do you want me to send the police over there right now?"

RBCP: "Yeah, sure, send the police over here. If I had a nickle for every time an operator threatened to send the police to me..."

Suddenly, I look up and there's a helicopter overhead with his light shinning down on me. I turn to run toward's the shopping center but there's a few dozen men in army fatiges with machine guns running down the side of the hill. So I turn the other way and three local police cars are sliding to a stop, surrounding the pay phone. Two FCC vans pull up and about sixteen Illinois Bell trucks follow close behind and I think, "Man, I'm surrounded. I am fucked!"

I had to destroy the evidence, so I took my modified Radio Shack tone dialer/red box and swallowed it. After hours of grilling by the police, they finallylet me go because of lack of evidence. Later that week, every employee of Cincinatti Bell Telephone found that their home phone services no longer existed. It took them days to fix it all.

MCDS: Thank you for calling McDonald's, May I help you?

RBCP: McYes. I'd like to have a 69 piece McNuggets, a McCoke and two orders of McFrench fries delivered right Mcnow.

MCDS: We don't deliver, sir.

RBCP: McExcuse me? I'm looking at your McAd in the McPaper and it SAYS right here in black and mcWhite that you McDeliver.

MCDS: Well, that's some sort of printing mistake or something.

RBCP: This is McRediculous! Let me speak to your McManager!

MCDS: Okay, please hold.

RBCP: McHurry, you McLoser.

Oregon Relay Service:

The following two phone calls were done on the Oregon Relay Service. This is service for the deaf where you call up an operator with your computer and type the number you want to call. The operator will translate what you're typing to the person who answers the phone, word for word.

OREGON RELAY MAY I HELP YOU? GA

I need to call someone. The number is 503-234-6779 ga

DIALING LOCAL CALL PLS HD  RINGING 1 ... ( F) HELLO GA

Ask if they've found Karen yet ga

(EXPLAINING RELAY)  UM.. KAREN IS UM.. HAS GONE TO WORK  GA

Oh, so she's back home q ga

SHE WILL BE HOME ABOUT 7 00 GA

My name is floyd and I'm a senior citizen I saw a missing child poster on a phone pole by my house and had a nude picture of her on it. I thought i saw her but i was wondering if her nipples are really so large q ga

EXCUSE ME GA

I found a poster by my house. Don't think me perverted but i thought i might be able to identify by her nipples ga

(EXPLAINING RELAY)  UM.. THIS IS ABSURD AND  U KNOW IM JUST GOING TO HANG UP

NOW (PERSON HUNG UP) OTRS 907F GA OR SK

darn oh well, thanx for trying ga sksk

SKSK

Directory Assisstance:

at+t osd opr 4006 I how can i help you q ga

YES, I NEED A NUMBER IN COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA GA

ma, name of the person and address please q ga

HER NAME IS KAY. GA

last name please ga

I'M NOT SURE OF THAT. JUST TYPE "KAY" AND HIT THE SPACE BAR A COUPLE OF TIMES GA

ok    im sorry i can not find a listing for just a person named kay. do you have a last name q ga

NO , BUT I HAVE KAY'S FIRST NAME. IT'S KAY. GA

so the name is kay kay q ga

YES, I DON'T KNOW HER LAST NAME. SHE WORKS AT THE CORNER MARKET (KAY'S MARKET)

... ok for a listing in directory assistance the listing is not done by the first name you need

WELL, IT'S MOSTLY A BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD, SO IF YOU LOOK UNDER THE WHITE DIRECTORY YOU CAN PROBABLY NARROW HER DOWN GA

the listing is not listed by race colour job  or any other descrpn ga

ARE YOU SAYING THAT I NEED MORE THAN JUST KAY Q GA

correct you need full name and address for directory asstance to get phone nm

DO I GET A COOKIE FOR BEING CORRECT Q GA

hummmm.....   i cant answer that   but you might get the phone number you want by

(I HANG UP ON HER)

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You! The P.L.A. Voice Mailbox number is 512-370-4680. And PLEASE don't pay for your phone calls.  -RBCP


Issue #012

Converting The 'Ole 2400 Baud To 14.4 For Free

Written On November 28, 1992 - Last Revision on January 8, 1995

This file was originally titled, "Upgrading Your 1200 Baud To 2400 Baud" but times have advanced just a little bit sp I decided to rewrite the file. Doing this the dishonest way is very simple but requires a deposit of around $200,  give or take a hundred and you get every penny of this money back.

This works best with externals so I'll assume that's what you're using. First, find the store that you want to use. An actual computer store is not recommended because they're not too stupid and sometimes they even know what they're doing. I suggest a place like K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Target, Venture, Circuit City or Service Merchandise.

Buy the modem that you want from the store. Take your modem home (or better yet, just do this in the car), open up the casing on both your old 2400 and the new 14.4 you just bought. Switch the insides on the two modems, put them back together and take the 14.4 back for a full refund. (The 2400 baud modem in a 14.4 casing.)

Just tell the clerk that it didn't seem compatible with your computer or something. If he wants to start asking a bunch of stupid questions, pretend you're computer illiterate and act like you're in a hurry. Most places will ask you to take the modem to the electronics section of the store so they can open up the box and make sure that everything is there. So make sure you didn't "forget" to include the phone wire, AC adapter and manuals or you probably won't get your money back.

You shouldn't have to worry about the clerk pulling the modem out of a box and examining it all over, usually they just want to make sure it's all there.  If you have any troubles, see the section below.

Oh, and if you're the type that has some kind of conscience and are thinking about the poor guy that's gonna come in and actually purchase this expensive 14.4 modem and find out when he gets home that it only works at 2400, you can probably prevent this by calling up the store and telling them what you've done. I usually call up a store and confess to the electronics guy only if he was a jerk to me. Then, I'll call him up and insult him and tell him how stupid he was.

A Few Notes:

If the new 14.4 won't fit into your old 1200 or 2400 casing, don't worry about it. It doesn't matter how ugly your modem is, just how fast it performs, right?  If you're paranoid about the circuit board just laying out like that, you can easily make your own casing out of a few parts from Radio Shack. If you're really poor, make a case out of a few sheets of plastic and melt them together with your lighter or soldering iron. And if you're REALLY pathetic and don't even have plastic to spare, cut some pieces of cardboard and scotch tape.

If your old 2400 won't fit into the stores 14.4 case, then you have a few choices:

 1. Use a hack saw to cut the 2400 circuit board down to where it'll fit comfortably into the 14.4 casing. Be sure that once it's put back together so that nothing looks out of place.

2. If there's no way that your old circuit board is gonna fit in there, get some switches, plug ins, etc from Radio Shack and glue them wherever they're supposed to go on the 14.4 modem casing. If the circuit board has any weight to it, glue something inside so the store clerk won't notice anything funny. Believe me, a store clerk doesn't usually pull apart the whole modem just because you want a refund.

3. Put the 14.4 case back together totally empty. Wrap the styrofoam or plastic or whatever around it and scotch tape it so the clerk hopefully won't bother to pick it up and look at it.

Emergency Situations:

Let's say that for some reason the store clerk decides to whip out his pocket screwdriver and begins to take the modem apart so he can see what the problem is. This has never happened to me, but I would probably say something like, "Listen, I'm late for work and I don't have time for this. Just give me my refund so I can get out of here."

What if he DID open it and sees a cut up circuit board in there? Well, your best bet is to pretend to be as surprised as he is. Say that you had nothing to do with it and someone must have bought the modem before you and done this.  If he gives you any shit, ask to speak with the manager and if it comes down to it, threaten to sue them if they don't refund your money or at least replace the modem with a new one.

If none of this works, pull out your AK-47 sub machine gun and demand all the money in the drawer. After you get the money, gun down all the customers and employees and go to a REAL computer store and buy yourself a 14.4 modem.

Internal Modems:

There's a bit more risk involved here but I've pulled it off twice out of the two times I've tried it and had no problems. When you buy an internal, you get a the modem, wrapped in plastic lying in a foam thingy. So take out the 14.4 and put the wrapping around your old 2400, put it all back in the box, phone cords, manuals and all and take that back for a refund.

I first tried that at Wal-Mart and after it went over so well the first time, I decided to try it again. Only this time I replaced the modem with an old circuit board out of an AM/FM radio. The old bag working electronics that day just glanced in there to make sure it was there and gave me my money back. It just so happened that she didn't know how to work the store's cash register either. Go figure.

One More Thing:

You shouldn't limit yourself to just a new 14.4 baud modem. You can use this method on virtually anything electronic. Radios, stereos, electronic spare parts, telephones, anything.

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You! The P.L.A. Voice Mailbox  number is 512-370-4680. And PLEASE don't pay for your phone calls.  –RBCP


Issue #013

Petty Scams and Telephone Tricks

Written On April 8, 1990 - Last Revision on January 09, 1995

Listed in this file is about every way that I've attempted and succeeded in swindling some place or person out of a few dollars (or cents). A lot of these methods should only be tried by the most pathetic and desperate person, as a lot of these tricks will get you just about enough to buy a meal or a joint. Also included are a lot of ways to bullshit your way around the telephone systems and companies.

Dialing A Phone That Can't Be Dialed:

Remember rotary pulse dialing? Before the modern days of touch tone dialing, you had to stick your finger in a hole and spin that stupid dial thing to call a number and that could really make exchange scanning a bitch. Today, you can hand a little kid a rotary dial phone and ask him to make a call on it and he'll look at you like you're crazy. "Where the hell are the buttons?"

If you've ever come across a telephone (whether it be rotary or touch tone) and for some reason there's a lock on the phone or the dialing keypad has been disconnected, don't dispair. You can still make a call using the prehistoric pulse dialing technology.

Let's say you want to dial the number "123-4567" so you pick up the phone and get your dial tone. Now quickly press and release the hang up button once. That should dial your number "1." Now repidly press and release the hang up button twice and you've dialed your "2" and so on. If you want to dial a zero, rapidly press and release the hangup button ten times. I actually got a disciplinary write up at work for teaching my co-workers how to do this after the manager disabled outgoing calls.

Sometimes if the owner of the phone has a lot of custom calling services like call waiting and three-way calling, this method of dialing might not work because it messes up the timing of the clicks and you always get a wrong number when trying it. Usually it will but I've come aceoss phone that won't dial that way. It also could depend on the type of phone being used. Another way to get by a locked dial is to buy a touch tone dialer from Radio Shack.

A lot of businesses out there have what's called a network phone system. This means they have a minerature phone company in the office which let's them restrict all kinds of things such as if one of their phone will be allowed to make outgoing calls. To avoid having employees chatting on the phone all day or a customer picking up the phone and dialing long distance, they usually restrict outgoing calls on a lot of the phones in the network.

Sometimes you can pick up the phone and hit "Line 1" or "Line 2" or whatever and get a dial tone, you just won't be able to push any of the buttons on the phone to dial out. If you try, you eiher get a busy signal or nothing. The solution to this is to buy a pocket tone dialer from Radio Shack (The $15.oo model is fine) and dial the number with that. That way, you're not pressing the network's buttons so it doesn't know anything's going on and you get your phone call, whether it be across the street or in Austraila.

If you pick up the phone and can't even get a dial tone, then you have to wait for someone to call you. When the phone rings, pick it up, answer their questions and get rid of them as quick as you can. When they hang up, stay on the line. In about a minute the phone company's equipment will reset and you should get a dial tone. From there just use your pocket tone dialer to dial out.

In airports you'll find a big console with all the local hotels listed on it. To reach one of the hotels you press the button next to the hotel you want to speak with. Usually, this setup is nothing more than a speed dialing phone with all of the hotels programmed into the memory buttons. Use your Radio Shack Pocket Tone Dialer to dial anywhere in the world on these phones. Same goes for the rent-a-car booth.

Exchange Scanning:

This can be done either with a computer program or manually with the provided chart. Basically, it's calling up every single number in an exchange and seeing what kinds of interesting things you can find. Computer hackers use exchange scanning to find carriers. For example, if a hacker's school phone line number is 254-7950 a hacker will dial every number from 254-0000 to 254-9999 to find the school's computer line. Hacker's are funny that way...

If you scan numbers where the first two numbers of the suffix is 00 or 99, you'll find a lot of phone company related numbers like loop lines, weird recordings, sweep tones, etc. If you're looking for this type of thing it's best to find out what the phone company's local office prefix is and use that. Like if the phone company's billing office number is 556-4200 call up every number from 556-9900 to 556-9999 or 556-0000 to 556-0099. A real handy recording to find is the one that says, "Please deposit 25 cents." You can drive an operator bugshit with this number.

Below is a chart that I made for hand scanning. You can do a whole 100 number exchange while you watch the Fresh Prince of Belle Aire. The chart is fairly easy to use. Let's say you want to dial every number from 618-254-9900 to 618-254-9999. Fill in the Area Code box as "618", the Prefix box as "254", the xx box as "99" and fill in today's date.

The first box would be for 254-9900, the second for 9901, etc. Starting on the next row would be 254-9910, 254-9911, etc. For each thing you find, fill in the appropriate box, telling what you found. I usually use letters to represent different findings, like "D" means the number has been disconnected, "R" means it just rings and there's no answer, "B" means busy, etc. Make a few copies of this chart and have fun with it.

      

Oh, heh, heh, one thing I almost forgot to mention. The phone company doesn't like it when you exchange scan. I've done manual scanning in a LOT of different areas for long periods of time and nothing ever happened. However, if you have one of those computer wardialers that dials every single number in a prefix, they have equipment that detects this kind of thing.

I have friends that have used these programs and the only thing that happens is the phone company sends them a nasty letter telling them to knock it off or else or they might get a call from the phone company. I'm always reading, though, in publications like Phrack about people actually getting BUSTED for exchange scanning. I don't know why, maybe it's considered harrassment to call someone and hang up, let alone call 1000 people and hang up. Just be warned. If you are going to use a computer, use the random scan and not sequencial.

Privately Owned Pay Fones:

I'm a really nasty vandalizer of private pay phones. I hate them mostly because I can't red box off of them. What is a privately owned pay phone? These are the ugly pay phones you see that don't have any kind of cool local telephone company or AT&T logo on it. These are usually owned by a grubby old man who has a small empiree of his own pay phones around town and he goes around collecting all the profits from the phone for himself, sometimes splitting the profits with the owner of the business where his phone is located.

The long distance carrier for these phones is most likely someone you've never ever heard of that charges about three times as much as AT&T or Sprint would,  and that's pretty bad. If you use your calling card on one of these phones,  you'll notice when you get your bill what I'm talking about. A local call from one of these phone usually even charges you more than 25 cents.

A good thing about private pay phones is that the phone line it's using isn't actually classified as a pay phone line, it's classified as a business line for a regular business customer which is why red boxing won't work. Pick up one of these phones and dial "zero." If you can get one of their operators, ask them to connect you with AT&T. Now AT&T probably won't even know that you're calling from a pay phone line. She'll probably assume you're either calling from home or your place of business.

When AT&T answers, throw them a line like, "Yeah, I'm having trouble with my phone here. There's something wrong with the buttons and I can't get it to dial right. (Crying is optional) Could you try dialing the number for me?" and AT&T will be more than happy to help you dial that number. This works for local and long distance calls. Unfortunately, an operator can't dial a 0-700 or 900 number for you.

When dealing with some of the larger privately owned chains, the AT&T operator can tell that you're calling from a pay phone so a long distance call wont work.

Since these pay phones use a regular line you can plug your own phone to their line and dial any number you want, bypassing the pay phone itself entirely. The phone wires are usually installed very amateurly so you shouldn't have much trouble locating them.

When you find the phone wires, strip the outer covering, then strip the red and green wires, clip your phone to those two wires and start dialing random numbers in New Zealand. Don't actually cut the wires to the phone in half or the owner will be upset and hide the wires so you won't be able to do this anymore. Just strip them where no one will notice so you can come back and hook your phone up anytime you want. (This is called Beige Boxing, by the way.)

To make yourself look less suspicious, you can hook up your phone, quickly dial the number you're calling and then pick up the pay phone and unhook your own phone. To the casual observer, you're just talking on a pay phone like any normal person, not screwing the owner out of hundreds of dollars. If he doesn't have a block on the phone you can dial 0-700 Alliance and 900 numbers this way.

And if he does have a block on the phone, call up the phone company's billing office and remove the block, pretending to be him.

A Shopper's Guide To COCOTS by Count Zero (More On Private Pay Phones)

COCOT is an acronym for Customer Owned Coin Operated Telephone.  In other words, a COCOT is a phone that is owned or rented by a paying customer (most likely, a hotel or donut shop). A COCOT is not a normal payphone. The telephone company doesn't own it, and the telephone line is usually a normal customer loop (unlike payphones, where the phone line is a "special" payphone  loop, allowing the use of "coin tones" to indicate money dropped in!)  So a COCOT may look and smell like a telephone company payphone, but it is not.

Why do COCOT's exist? Simple. Money! A customer owned payphone is money in the bank. You pay more for local calls and long distance is typically handled by sleazy carriers that offer bad/expensive service. The owner/renter  of the COCOT opens the coinbox and keeps the money him/herself. Also, a particularly sleazy quality of COCOT is the fact that it does not receive incoming calls.  This, of course, is because of money. If people are calling in to a COCOT, the COCOT is not making money and businesses always want to make as much money as possible even if it hurts the consumer. Think about it. It really sucks to call someone at home from a COCOT and then not be able to have him/her call you back to save money.  "Guess I'll have to keep feeding the COCOT quarters!"

First of all, you must understand that the COCOT is a mimic. Essentially, it  wants you to think that it is just a plain ol' payphone. Pick up the handset.  Hear that dialtone?  Hah!  That dialtone is fake, synthesized by the innards of the COCOT.  You are at the mercy of the COCOT. Remember a COCOT runs off of a normal customer loop so, unlike a telephone company payphone where you must deposit money to generate coin tones that are read by the central office, the security of a COCOT depends solely on the COCOT phone itself. It's as if you took your own phone and put a sign on it saying "Please put 25 cents in this jar for every call you make."  COCOTs are not naive.  They won't let you near the unrestricted dialtone until you fork over the cash-ola.  Or so they think!

See, the Achilles' heel of the COCOT is the fact that all payphones must let you make 1-800 calls for free!  It's not just a fact, it's the law. Now pick up the handset again and place a 1-800 call. Any 1-800 number will do.  When they answer at the other end, just sit there. Do nothing. Ignore them. Wait for them to hang up the phone.

Here's an example. Dial 1-800-LOAN-YES. [Ring, Ring]...[click] "Hello, you wanna buy some money?  Hello? HELLO?!" [CLICK] (You will now hear some static and probably a strange "waffling" noise, like chh, chh, chh, chh, chh.) [CLICK] DIALTONE!

Now what have we got here? A dialtone? Yes, you guessed it, the dialtone you now hear is the unrestricted dialtone of the COCOT's customer loop. So what?   So I got an "unrestricted dialtone". Big Deal? You meathead, with an unrestriced dialtone, all you need to do is place a call via DTMF tones (the tones a touch-tone keypad generates).

Now, try dialing a number with the COCOT's keypad. Whoa, waitasec, no sound.  This is a typical lame attempt at protection by the COCOT. Just whip out your Radio Shack pocket tone dialer and try calling a number, any number. Place it just as if you were calling from a home phone. Call a 1-900 sex line. Call Guam. You are free and the COCOT's customer loop is being billed.

Some COCOTs are more sophisticated at protecting themselves. Some will reset when they hear the dialtone. To get around this, make a loud hissing sound with your mouth into the mouthpiece after the 1-800 number hangs up. Get your tone dialer ready near the mouthpiece. When you hear the dialtone, quickly dial the first digit of the number you want to call. If you hiss loudly enough, you may be able to mask the sound of the dialtone and prevent the COCOT from resetting. Once you dial the first digit of the number you are calling, the dialtone will disappear (naturally). You can stop hissing like an idiot now. Finish dialing your free phone call. Also, some COCOT's actually disable the handset after the call hangs up (in other words you can't send DTMF tones through the mouthpiece). Oh well, better luck next time. However, most of the COCOT's I have run across only disable the DTMF keypad. So all you need is a pocket dialer to circumvent this!

Other things to know: Sure you can't call a COCOT, but it does have a number.  To find out the COCOT's number, call one of the automated ANI services that tell you the number you're dialing from or dial a friend from the COCOT who has Caller I.D. so they can tell you the number. Now try calling the COCOT from another phone. You will hear one of two things: 1) synthesized voice:  "Thank you" [DTMF tones] [CLICK] [hang up] or  2) a weird carrier.

A COCOT's number is only used by the company that built or sold the COCOT. By calling up a COCOT, a technician can monitor its functioning, etc. In case number 1, you must enter a 3 or 4 digit password and then you'll get into a voice menu driven program that'll let you do "maintenance" stuff with the COCOT. In case number 2, you are hooked to the COCOT's 300 bps modem (Yes, a modem in a payphone). Likewise, if you can figure out the communications settings, you'll be into the COCOT's maintenance routines. Personally, I haven't had much luck (or patience) with calling up and hacking COCOT maintenance functions. I just like making free phone calls from them!

RBCP Notes on COCOTS:

In Austin, Texas they have some private pay phones called a Fox Fone. Pretty lame name if you ask me. When you dial an 800 number on one of these it has the nerve to ask you to deposit a quarter. Now, to get to the unrestricted dialtone a quarter isn't a bad investment, however I've found that it doesn't ask for a quarter if you dial 102880 to get AT&T. When AT&T answers, you're home free.

When you dial a long distance call legitamately on a private COCOT, the COCOT will dial a sequence of numbers like their authorization codes, etc. So when you get the unrestricted dialtone and try to dial a number direct like 1-512-370-4680 you'll get a "your number cannot be completed as dialed" message or a busy signal. To get around this, instead dial 10288-1-512-370-4680 and your call should go through.

If you're limited on the number of digits you can dial, just dial "0" from the unrestricted dialtone and ask the local operator for AT&T. Then ask AT&T to dial a long distance number for you. If you do it this way, you can't dial 700 and 900 numbers but if you use your Radio Shack tone dialer, it's no problem. Dial a 700 number like 10288-0-700-456-1002.

Sometimes the AT&T operator will know that you're calling from a COCOT and won't dial any free calls for you, but when she hangs up you can still use your tone dialer (or the fone's keypad) to dial long distance.

Directory Asisstance:

To get any listed phone number in the United States, all you need to do is dial "1-AREA CODE-555-1212." If you don't know which area code the number's in, just make up one or call local directory asisstance and ask that operator what any area code is. Local directory asisstance can be reached at "411", "1-411" or "1-555-1212." It differs from area to area. Pay phones that offer "411" won't charge you for information. Some areas I've lived in only will give me a phone number and say that if I want the address, dial 555-3131.

Toll free information can be reached at 1-800-555-1212 and of course, there is no charge for this call. There's also directory asisstance for 900 numbers which is 1-900-555-1212. International Information can be reached by dialing 102880 and asking for it.

1-800-COLLECT:

I'm sure that most of you are familiar with those annoying commercials for  MCI's 1-800-COLLECT and AT&T's 1-800-OPERATOR services. These two services allow you to call people collect using an automated service. For people like us, it provides a free nation-wide messaging service.

You dial 1-800-COLLECT. The automated operator asks you to enter the area code and number you'd like to call collect. Then it say, "At the tone, please say your name...(Beep)" where you get about five seconds to say your name.

Now instead of saying your name though, you can say a quick message like, "This is Ron, call me at 801-234-7448" or "Honey, I'll be home in two hours" or "Help me, I'm trapped in a phone booth in a black neighborhood!" The person receiving the call simply refuses the charges after they hear your message and nobody pays for it. 1-800-COLLECT is the best one to use because they give you the most time to "say your name."

Ordering Free Phone Books From All Over The World:

Some people collect stamps. Others collect rocks. And certain serial killers collect body parts. But imagine the fun of starting your very own collection of telephone directories from around the world. You can be the proud owner of directories from great cities such as London, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Miami and little podunk towns like Celina, Ohio and Roscoe, South Dakota where the "Local Attractions" section is only two paragraphs long... "Well, as far as local attractions here is Jessup, Iowa go, we got Herb's brand new paint job on his tool shed and Toothless Jim here plays a helluva banjo..."

Ordering the directories is quite simple. You can either bill the cost of the phone books to your home phone or have them send you a bill for the amount. The beauty part of it all is that you can bill it to any phone number in the United States. In the past, I've billed my phone books to pay phones, restaurants that give me bad service, the White House and Ameritech Corporate Security.

The directory offices never seem to check up on the number you're billing to nor do they check to make sure that the billing phone number matches the billing address. Even if the person you'd like to bill it to has a block on their phone, you can still charge directories to their number and a single overseas phone book can go for a few hundred dollars. While I'm sure the person you're billing to can probably have the charges removed, it sure it a fun way to make someone you hate lose peace of mind.

If you're going to order a lot of phone books, your biggest problem would be where to ship your phone books. It's best to get a post office box and have them shipped there. I had phone books comming to me regularly for an entire six months at a post office box and was never questioned once about it, although I started getting letters saying I'd better pay them or else and Gloria, who worked the front desk at the post office always wanted to know why I got so many phone books all the time. (I told her I was an asisstant manager for a telemarketing firm.)

You could also have it shipped to your next door neighbor or any vacant house for you to pick up later. Occasionaly I even send one to my home and nothing ever happens except that I get a letter every few months from them wanting their money. Below is a list of numbers you can call to order directories.

        DonTech.........................(800)-541-8000

        Ameritech.......................(800)-xxx-xxxx

        AT&T............................(800)-xxx-xxxx

        U.S.West Directory Source.......(800)-422-8793

Pick a number and tell them you want a directory from wherever and give them the billing number and address to be shipped to. In less than two weeks you should recieve it. One thing to remember, though, is that you ask them to deliver the books by regular U.S. mail unless you'll be somewhere to sign for U.P.S. A lot of post offices won't accept U.P.S. Enjoy your new hobby!

Employee News & Information Lines:

The phone company has a phone number that their employees can call up and find out what's new with the company, how the company's stock is doing, what new advances in phones have been discovered and how they're catching people like us. To get a newsline number, call the phone company's main office and ask them for it. Sometimes they won't know what you're talking about but keep pestering them until they give it to you. Below is a small list of newslines.

        Bell Atlantic....................(800)-647-NEWS

        Ameritech........................(800)-893-LINE

                                         (312)-917-9797

Main Numbers & Employee Locators:

An employee locator is a service for Bell employees that helps you find out exactly what department any employee of Bell works for. Sometimes automated, you enter in the name of the employee on your touch tone phone and the computer will rattle off their work phone number, street address and state.  Most locators have a live operator who you just ask for the information.

Usually the employee locator is the same number as the main number. To get this number, call up directory asisstance and ask them for the phone company's main number. Call the main number and if they're not the employee locator, ask them for that number. In most cases, it's given to you, no questions asked.

If you can't get the phone company's main number from directory asisstance, try calling the billing office and ask them. Below is a short list of numbers.

Bell Atlantic (West Virginia)..........(304)-954-6202

Bell Atlantic (Virginia)...............(804)-225-6300

Cincinnati Bell (Ohio).................(513)-397-5775

South Central Bell (Jackson, Miss.)....(601)-961-1327

Southwestern Bell (Little Rock, Ark.)..(501)-373-9800

U.S. West (Western U.S.)...............(800)-879-4357

Ameritech (Indianapolis, IN)...........(317)-265-2266

Southern Bell (South Carolina).........(800)-336-0014

Pacific Bell (Los Angeles, CA).........(213)-339-6622

Partylines:

An interesting way to meet new people and sometimes learn new phone tricks is to call a party line. You can find tons of party line phone numbers in  magazines such as "Rolling Stone" and "Spin." A majority of them are some kind of sex line/lesbian line/gay line/weirdo line but sometimes you find a nice, normal chat line that you can talk to people on.

Every now and then you'll meet a phone phreak who'd be happy to exchange calling cards with you or teach you a few new tricks. And a lot of average, honest people hang out on them but learn some method of calling for free so they can talk without going broke. These lines can be VERY addictive. Only regular long distance charges apply on most. Some of them want a credit card.

Hotel California........................(801)-234-SHIT

Underground Party Line..................(515)-945-6700

Automatic Number Identification (ANI):

When you dial an ANI phone number, a computer voice will tell you what number you're calling from. There's a lot of ANI numbers out there but my favorite one is 1-800-MY-ANI-IS. Call this number and a computer voice simply says, "Your ANI is xxx-xxx-xxxx" and hangs up. I have no idea who sponsors this or who pays for it but it's been there for a long time. Zak claims that ANI knows the future and the past by dialing things like 1-800-MY-ANI-WAS or 1-800-MY-ANI-WILL-BE but for some reason I don't believe him.

If you have a friend with Caller I.D., call the friend from the phone you want to identify and your friend can read the number to you. If you don't have any friends, call a business who has Caller I.D. and tell them that you're the phone company testing their Caller I.D. and ask them to read back your number.

Hacking Telephone Answering Machines by Doctor Pizz & Cybersperm:

It seems that lately there is very little discussion of one of the most simple but useful and rewarding forms of electronic information gathering, hacking the telephone answering machine.  Almost everyone has one of these wonderful devices these days, to catch important messages while they are away from their phones, or to screen important telephone calls.  Nowadays, they typically have the added advantage of being accessible from remote telephones, so one needs to simply call his or her answering machine, enter their secret code, and then either retrieve new messages, or listen to anything they had previously recorded on the incoming messages tape, or perform any of a set of additional functions determined by which key they press on their touch tone phone.  They also typically ignore the fact that virtually anyone else can gain access to their messages by entering the appropriate code.  Hence this is a wonderful system to gather information from anyone without their knowledge, especially if they are technologically illiterate.

For the most part, there are two main types of "electronic password" used by these systems.  They are amazingly simple to crack, as they are typically only 2-digit or even 1-digit numbers. On some machines, the code must be entered before the outgoing message is over, on others, it must be entered after the outgoing message, and on more sophisticated models, it can be entered at any time.

MODERN 2-DIGIT PASSCODE SYSTEMS:

These are the most common systems in use today, typically made by Panasonic, AT&T, etc. In these systems, the code can be entered before during or after the beep tone.  For security reasons, we recommend BEFORE the beep tone, so your intrusions are unnoticed...  We will begin by discussing how to identify the passcode.

Now, the question of how to hack their code.  Well, this is so simple, you don't even need a computer to do it.  You can just enter all 2-digit combinations until you get the right one (usually signalled by a series of beeps on the other end).  A relatively crude way was to enter each number in sequence 01, 02, 03, 04,...,99.  This works, but may take too long to enter all numbers within the 20-30 second window we typically have before the beep (The best time to play around, as any tones entered after the beep will be recorded on his incoming messages tape, and could let him know something is up...).  It is also important to stop as soon as you hit the right number, as the additional entered numbers may be interpreted by the answering machine as codes, and cause you to delete all their messages, or record a new greeting, etc.  That is really asking for trouble, and may cause them to try and change their password (though it's usually only possible to choose from a range of three consecutive numbers anyway...).  Still, you need to be careful not to let them catch on, eh? 

A more sophisticated and fast way to do this is to take advantage of the fact that such machines typically do not read two numbers at a time, and discard them, but just look for the correct sequence, reading one at a time. In other words, you can enter all 100 possible codes with roughly 1/2 the number of keystrokes.  Just enter as follows:

0 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 4 0 5 0 6 0 7 0 8 0 9 1 1 2 1 3 1 4 1 5 1 6 1 7 1 8 1 9,etc.

By reading in one phase we get:

0 0,1 0,2 0,3 0,4 0,5 0,6 0,7 0,8 0,9 1,1 2,1 3,1 4,1 5,1 6,1 7,1 8,1 9,etc.

In the other phase we get:

  0 1,0 2,0 3,0 4,0 5,0 6,0 7,0 8,0 9,1 1,2 1,3 1,4 1,5 1,6 1,7 1,8 1,etc.

So by proceeding as follows we enter the following matrix sequentially, encompassing all possible 2 digit numbers:

0 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 4 0 5 0 6 0 7 0 8 0 9

    1 1 2 1 3 1 4 1 5 1 6 1 7 1 8 1 9

        2 2 3 2 4 2 5 2 6 2 7 2 8 2 9

            3 3 4 3 5 3 6 3 7 3 8 3 9

                4 4 5 4 6 4 7 4 8 4 9

                    5 5 6 5 7 5 8 5 9

                        6 6 7 6 8 6 9

                            7 7 8 7 9

                                8 8 9

                                    9 0

The last zero is important, as it completes the cycle, and allows for the code 9 0, which is the only one not as yet allowed for.  I must emphasize the importance of quitting as soon as you get the correct code, and also do not keep going after the beep, if you are on a modern 2-digit access code system.  This way, you can record the passcode for your future reference, and prevent detection. 

Now, we shall get on to the question of how to use their system, once you've broken in.  In general, it is recommended to obtain a copy of the owners' manual for various machines, but I have summarized some of the basics below.

PANASONIC

Here are the codes for a Panasonic Easa-phone KX-T1450.  The KX-T2420 is identical without Room Monitor function  In this case, strange things happen when you enter 5:

1 = Back Space (Rewind the OGM tape)

2 = Skip Forward (Fast forward the OGM tape)

3 = Reset (Go back to the beginning of the OGM tape.  MAY CAUSE ERASURE!!!)

4 = Memory Playback (Listen to new messages)

5 = Room Monitor (!!!! Listen to what is going on in the room NOW !!!!)

                 (This is only available on some models...  But, try it...)

7 = OGM-REC (Record a new greeting!!!)

9 = OGM-STOP (Stop recording the new greeting)

* = OGM Skip (Don't Listen to the OGM)

0 = Turn off the machine !!!!!

To set to the answer mode remotely,

   1. Dial the phone number

   2. Wait 15 rings and hang up

To turn off the unit remotely (!!),

   1. Dial the phone number

   2. Push the code number, wait for the beep, enter 0, and hang up.

Panasonic answering machines also respond to the user with a series of codes which I will now outline.  If you hear something different, you may not be on a Panasonic system.

1 long beep  : This is the "beep" after which people can leave their messages. Also, this is sounded when the correct passcode is entered from a remote telephone. (Same sound- Hint for software developpers)  It sounds when the tape has fully rewound, and after each message is played back in entirety.

3 short bps  : This sounds after the last message has been played back.

2 short bps  : (10 seconds later) You are then being recorded - marker message

6 short bps  : End of the incoming message tpe

6 short bps  : (Quickly) Tape Broken (either incoming or outgoing)

Also, after entering the correct code, and after the one long beep, you will hear n additional short beeps, where n is the number of new messages since the last time the messages were retrieved.  Remember, you can listen to earlier ones on the same tape, by additionally backspacing from the first new message.

Anyway, that is a basic summary of the Panasonic answering machine system for this machine.  Many machines unfortunately do not have the Room monitor function, so you can not see if you left your TV on, or anything like that...  Also, not all systems are identical, but on Panasonic machines, the numbers 1-4 are the same, so this is the most important thing for you to remember anyway...

AT&T

On AT&T machines, like the Answering System 1304, the passcode is again a 2-digit number enterable before, during, or after the beep.  Follow the same guidelines as above. 

After you enter the correct code on these machines, the system will automatically begin to play back new messages.  This is one key way to distinguish these machines from the Panasonic ones discussed above.  To summarize the key functions for the AT&T system, look below:

2     Rewind tape (tape rewinds for as long as this key is depressed)

3 3   Clear messages (reset the tape to the beginning.)

5     Fast Forward (tape ffwds for as long as this key is depressed)

7     Replay messages from the beginning

8 8   Turn off the answering machine

*     Record a memo (After listening to messages)   OR

      Skip the greeting (w/o entering code)

0     Turn on the machine (after hearing two beeps)

#     Pause (for 5-7 seconds)

Basically this system is less sophisticated than the Panasonic.  You cannot change the OGM remotely (Damn!).  As seen above, the codes are also quite different, but fortunately they are easily distinguished by how they answer after the security code is entered.  The AT&T plays the messages, while the Panasonic just beeps to tell you how many new messages are waiting.  Here also, the rewind and fast forward functions operate for the length of time you depress the 2 and 5 keys respectively.  On the Panasonic, they reewind or fast forward for 15 seconds.  Also, this system has a pause feature.  By entering the # sign, you can pause for a few seconds while listening to a message.  One extra safety (from your perspective...) feature is that on this system you cannot erase messages until they have all played back, so you have less risk of fucking up someone's system if it is an AT&T.  You cannot change his greeting, and it is difficult to accidentally erase his messages.  If you wish to do so, however, you must hit the 3 key twice after listening to the messages in their entirety.  To record a memo (why would you want to do this???), you can press the * key after you hear 5 beeps (after listening to the messages).  Then begin to record.  Also, the * key can be used before the message is finished to skip listening to the OGM (useful for long distance callers who are actually paying for the calls...) without the need for entering a security code.  To turn on the system from remote points, you need to let it ring ten times, and after it answers with 2 "beeps", hit the 0 key.

It will subsequently be on.  Similarly to turn it off, just enter 88.  If the machine answers the phone with no greeting, and just 2 beeps, it means the tape is full.  You can now enter the security code (without risk of them recording the BEEPS!!!) and listen away for a long time!!!  Basically, this sums up the properties of the two most common systems I've encountered of the 2-digit passcode variety.

SINGLE DIGIT PASSCODE MACHINES:

On some old model Panasonic and Phone Mate systems, the secret entry passcode is only a one digit number(!!!).  On these primitive systems, one merely enters the correct number, during the message, and playback begins. The other codes are simple to derive, and just for the sake of making this hobby a sport, I will not give details for these systems.  It is easy enough to figure them out, and on these systems, it is hard to screw things up, as there is little you can do anyway.

APPLICATIONS:

This can be a rewarding adventure if you decide to follow those instructions I will point out some of the potentially entertaining, useful, and/or informative applications of this technology.

As the true weirdos that we are, we shall begin with what we consider the truly entertaining applications...  If you have ever read the Village Voice, Screw or other such newspaper, you will notice a large number of advertisements for "unlicensed massage parlors", "Oriental relaxation spas", "Escort services", etc.  Call some of those numbers, preferrably at off-duty hours (6-9 AM??) and try to hack their answering machine codes, listen to their messages, and let the fun begin.  You can hear lots of perverts, and lowlifes making appointments for "services" about which they are sometimes graphic.  Also, they often leave telephone and credit card numbers (What fun!!!).  In case they are married, think of the blackmail potential...  

Further, these "adult entertainment companies" also often run help wanted ads in the Village Voice, and other such publications.  Call these, and you will get a plethora of phone numbers for nubile young women who might believe you are the proprietor of the establishment in question.  You might be able to con some "free samples" as a sort of "job interview"... (hehehe) Especially given the illegal activity they desire to become involved in, they will be in no position to complain when they find out you are not for real. Also, this way, the girls are often not so jaded as the old pros. They will be trying to impress you if you get my drift, so you'll "hire" them.

Let us move on to the informative espionnage type of application of this technology.  One could very easily use this technology to listen to the messages of friends, and see what they are up to.  If you are trying to call your buddy Evan, and he isn't home, perhaps you can find out where he is by going through some of his old answering messages.  Say, Eric called him a couple of hours ago and suggested that Evan come over to his place for some beers.  Well, you could then call Eric and voila, you may connect with Evan.

Now, let us assume you have a girlfriend, and you suspect she might be cheating on you, yet you do not wish to confront her about it without any evidence, or certainty of her cheating.  Well, her new beau probably thinks her answering machine is secure, and calls leaving messages about their upcoming dates, or various discussions of their relationship.  If you can hack her machine {actually, you might even look at the bottom (where the passcode is usually printed...) to save time and energy.} you will be afforded with a plethora of potentially incriminating evidence.   Hehehe.

A similar application can be when you have a new love interest.  Suppose there is some woman you are interested in, but you aren't sure if she is available.  A little phone answering machine surveillance can provide all of the answers, and then some...  In case she asks her friends about you, you'll know everything she does.  Also, you will learn details about her life, and schedule, the better to run into her "accidentally", or strike up a conversation about "common" interests...

Now, if you know someone in the same profession, say musicians, and you call his answering machine, and hear someone offering him a gig.  You could call that person back, and accept the gig in your name, saying the originally called musician was unavailable, but suggested that you call.  Then be sure to erase the original message on your buddy's machine.  He'll never be the wiser, and you'll get more work.  Though he may wonder why he isn't getting much work anymore...

Changing the OGM is a good way to to get free phone calls. Change the message to something like, "Hello?......Yeah.......Okay, sure, I'll accept the charges!" Then you can third number bill a call to their number and when the operator calls for validation, she thinks she's talking to a real person and puts the call through for you.

Fun With Voicemail:

Voicemail is a little more complex to hack than answering machines are. I've experimented with a lot of voice mail systems and they all work pretty much the same way. When you call your own voicemail to retrieve your messages, you have to hit a certain key so you'll be prompted for your passcode. Usually it's either the "#" key or the "*" key. On some systems it'll be the "0" key.

After you hit the right key, the system will say, "Hello, xxx" where "xxx" is the box owner's name. The name would be something like, "Bob Smith" or "Mister Smith" or "Bob with Gimpstate Reality." You can either use the same methods as you do for the answering machines OR pull out the phone book and look up the owner of the mailbox, either at his/her home or business.

Call their home (or business) and when they answer, say, "Hi, this is Roy from Voice-Tel VoiceMail and we had another system crash this morning. I'm trying to get everyone's accounts back up here, etc, etc. I'm not sure if your message has been wiped out or not but I need your passcode so I can put that back in there for ya." To date, this has worked every time.

Once they give you the passcode, thank them and immediately call their voicemail (before they do) and first change their passcode. Then, change their outgoing message to something that's very insulting to the owner. Just play around in their box and have a really fun time. If you do all this after the voicemail's office has closed (hopefully for the weekend) you'll get to play in their box until the office reopens and the owner can call them and tell them what happened.

Some boxes will call the owner at home after he receives a message to let him know. You can change the number that the mailbox is programmed to call and you can sometimes change how many attempts the system will make to call and how often. In one case I changed the number to call to a guy's house I didn't like and the atttempts every five minutes. After I left a message on the voicemail, this poor guy would get a call every five minutes for eight hours straight.  The system would ask him for a passcode that he didn't know so there was no way he could stop it. As long as I left a message every eight hours, he would continue to get calls all weekend, every five minutes. By the time all this ended, they had the local police and Ameritech Corporate Security (Yes, Jim Bayless) looking for the source.

As far as usefulness goes with voicemail hacking, don't ask me. Some systems will accept third party billing so you can use it for that. Other than that, I always just hacked them for the fun of bugging the hell out of the owner and enemies of mine.

Newspapers

A little trick that I picked up in Galveston, Texas was to deposit my .50 cents into the newspaper machine and take out every newspaper in there. I  would do that with several machines until I had a good size stack and trot over to Wal-Mart and impersonate the newspaper salesperson. The others standing out there selling only got 50% of the profits while I was getting 100% minus my $1.00 investment. I was always worried that the Houston Post truck would come by and ask me who the hell I was but he never did.

Free Meals:

Most fast food restaurants have this silly little policy that goes, "The  customer is always right!" Therefore, they lose a lot of money to people like  me. There's a few ways that you can get free food from them.

1. Walk in and ask to speak to the manager. If the cashier tells you "no",  grab her by her big fat head and say, "Listen, man, I'm not going to jail for  you or nobody! Now let me speak to the manager." When the manager comes out, say, "Hi, I'm Darin Kempton, I think my dad spoke to you earlier on the phone?" 

She'll be confused and ask you to explain. "Well, he came through here this morning (or yesterday) through the drive-thru and you forgot his Cheeseburger.  I was supposed to come here to pick it up or get a refund or whatever." It never fails, she'll get a cheeseburger, give it to you and apologize.

2. A better way would be to do the same thing only call ahead and explain to them what the problem is. Tell them that you were there earlier and the dumb fuck working the drive-thru didn't put your Big Mac in the bag. Of course, don't say dumb fuck and you can choose whatever kind of food you'd like. Tell them you'll sent your son there to pick it up. If you pretend to be an annoyed dad you'll get more respect.

Usually when you call ahead in some places, they not only give you the food but they also include a "Free Meal" card. McDonald's is notorious for this and a free meal includes a soft drink, sandwich of your choice and a large fries. Just be polite over the phone but mad that your son has to "walk all the way back there." Sometimes, some places will give a cash refund but they usually (not always, though) want a receipt. If you can dig up an old receipt that'll work. Don't get greedy and say something like, "Yeah, you guys forgot 200 Cheeseburgers for me today. My son'll be there to pick 'em up." Call me crazy, but I don't think that would work.

Make sure your order is an ordinary one that people get all the time. If they have enough time on their hands and it's a strange order, they might go back through the tapes and say, "But we didn't SELL four number 2's today."  Want a free soda to go with your Big Mac and Fries?

3. Find an old cup. Either get one off of a table that hasn't been cleaned yet or one out of the trash can making sure that it's not all slimey. Punch a very small hole in the bottom of the cup with your keys or pocket knife to start a small leak in the cup. Most fast food places offer free refills so take your leaking cup to the counter and say, "I'd like my refill and this cup's got a hole in it." They'll give you a refill and a new cup."

4. If the place doesn't offer free refills, get yourself a cup and fill it with water. Take it to the counter and say, "There's something wrong with my 7-Up it tastes really carbonated and gross." When they're about to give you another soda say, "Hey, could I have a Pepsi instead this time? Maybe that'll taste better." Or pick whatever soda you'd like to have.

5. If the fast food joint is one of those that let's you get your own drink, just ask for an ice water, dump out the water and fill it up with your soda.

Employee Discounts:

A majority of the stores in any mall offers a discount for anyone who works anywhere in the mall. Always remember that you are an employee of the mall. When you purchase something, ask the cashier if they offer the mall employee discount. If they do, they'll knock off 10 or 20 percent of your purchase.  I've been doing this forever and have never been asked to prove that I work in the mall. They always just take your word for it.

This also works in some airport gift shops. If you want to buy something at one of those shops in the airport, tell them you work at one of the restaurants or bars in the airport.

Free Movies:

If the theatre you're at has a doorman that rips tickets, and you want to see the movie with your friend (or friends), it's easy to trick him. Purchase one ticket for all three of you. Go in, let him rip your ticket and go sit down. A second later, get up and approach the doorman, "Excuse me, sir? Could I go to my car for a second. I forgot to turn off my headlights. I can't seem to find my ticket stub anywhere. My memory ain't what it used to be since I got hit by lightning." Unless he's a total asswipe, he'll let you go out to the parking lot. If he won't, demand to speak with the manager and he will let you.

Go outside and hand your ticket stub to your friend. Come back inside and sit down. Your friend now has a ticket stub to get in with. Repeat the process if you want another person to get in. It's not a good idea to try this on slow nights because they'll remember faces easier and won't fall for it. At busy theaters it's a sure thing. Opening night of any popular movie will always work.

And then there's always the old sneaking in the back door of the theatre that I need not go into detail about. It's childishly easy. When a movie lets out and all the people are rushing outside, go past them into the theater. If possible, get a schedule of the theatre's starting and ending times for each movie. This way, when your movie ends you can go directly to another auditorium and see a different movie.

When you're just about done with your Coke, but there's maybe a half inch left in the bottom of the cup, take it to the water fountain and fill the cup with water. Take it to the counter and tell them it's disgusting and you want a new soda. They'll give it to you.

Bring a dead roach to the movie with you. (Stop laughing and let me finish, dammit.) When you're just about done with your popcorn, drop the roach in the popcorn bag and take the bag to the counter and pretend to be horrified and demand to speak to the manager. No telling what you'll get out of this one. Could be anything from a free popcorn, a refund on your tickets or popcorn or some free movie passes. They're always nice to people who find creatures in their food.

Pay Phones:

If you're the type that happens to have a handy list of stolen calling card numbers, credit card numbers or a red box, you can hang around a pay phone and sell long distance calls to tourists. You can make up your own rates just like a real telephone comapany, charge extra for overseas calling, etc.

Another thing that's not as profitable but helps if you need a little spare  change is to hang out at a pay phone that gets used a lot. When someone starts to make a call on it, stop them and ask them if they'll give you their quarter if you get them a free call. I've never been turned down for this one. If you use your red box, it'll really impress them.

Pay Phone Stuffing:

I read about some guy in the 70's that made around $100 a day, stuffing pay phones at the college until he was caught. Basically, shove a bunch of toilet paper up the change slot on a pay phone.

It's a trick getting the toilet paper up there just right. There's sort of a trap door in there so it makes it almost impossible to do but it is possible. Stuff enough in there to stop the coin flow but not too much to where a person using the phone will be able to tell there's anything in there. You don't want them removing it and stealing all your profits. To make sure it works before you leave the phone, put a penny in the coin slot. Since a pay phone doesn't accept pennies it'll come right back out. If your penny doesn't come back, you know it's working.

A few hours later, or the next day take out all of the toilet paper and a ton of quarters should come out with it. To make your pay phone the most profitable, you can put the other nearby payphones out of commission with a slegde hammer or by simply cutting the wires on them.

Free Collect Calls:

Give your girlfriend the phone number to the pay phone. When you want to talk to her, call her collect, using a code name that she'll know like, "Peterhead."  When the operator asks her if she'll accept the charges, she'll say, "Hell no, not from THAT asshole!" Then she hangs up the phone and calls you right back at the pay phone so neither one of you are charged.

You can also make a list of codes for each other, each meaning a different thing. Like a collect call from "Mike" would mean, "I'll be home in about an hour." A collect call from "Axl" would mean, "Call me at the pay phone at 7-Eleven," and a call from, "Fred" would mean, "Listen, bitch, I've found another woman who can satisfy me sexually so I never want to see you again!" Well, you get the idea. It's a nice little quarter saver if you're poor. You can use a different name for every pay phone in town for her to call back.

Video Games:

Tell the manager of the arcade or 7-Eleven or whatever that their video game stole your quarter(s). Sometimes they'll give you a quarter, no questions  asked and sometimes they'll want to put the quarter in themselves to make sure you're not pulling a fast one on them. Either way, you win.

If you REALLY need the money or you're just hard up to play the New Super-Advanced Mega Ultra Street Fighter VII Classic, you could squirt a bunch of super glue into the coin slot so when they tried to put money in it wouldn't work and they'd be sure to give you your money back. Sure, the store would have to spend hundreds of dollars fixing the machine but, hey, you got a quarter, didn't you?

This also works with soda machines, snack machines, pay phones, etc. In a lot of colleges they have those snack machines that carry food items that cost $2.25 or more! You can go to the nearest college book store or maybe the cashier in the cafeteria and they'll give you a refund or mail you a check for that amount.

 

Shoplifting:

What can I say? It's shoplifting, we've all done it. You can do it either for the free merchandise or for the money. If you shoplift a $20 shirt you can bring it back later and get a $20 cash refund. Usually they want a driver's license and sometimes (although it's rare) they'll only give you a store credit slip.

Actual shoplifting isn't always neccessary, though. In a busy store you can take something off the shelf and bring it directly to the customer service desk for your refund. Here's a few tips for idiot shoplifters:

Right before you shove the item in your purse or jacket, look EVERYWHERE for cameras and employees. Remember that if you can see them, they will usually see you. It's better for them to see you looking around suspiciously than for them to see you steal something because you didn't look around.

Steal things that they wouldn't expect you to steal. If you bother to notice, the cameras are mostly located over the front cash registers, over the electronics (Never steal from electronics!), jewlry and make-up because those are the things people are always taking. Take things like men's clothing, bed sheets, curtians, bathroom supplies, tools, anything that doesn't have a camera hovering above your head.

Use the buddy system! Let's say you want to steal a bed sheet that's $35.00 but there's a camera over you WATCHING. Have your friend hold up a blanket or towel, pretending to admire it or show it to you while hiding you from the camera's view. While the blanket is up, steal the sheet.

Due to all of the refund fraud (I actually know a couple of female that literally made a living off of K-Mart fraud), a lot of stores won't give you cash anymore if the refund is over ten bucks and you don't have a reciept. Instead, they'll mail you a check or a money order for the amount of the refund which is just as good as cash, you just have to wait a couple weeks to get it. K-Mart just started doing this a few months ago.

Vending Machines:

You can trick a Pepsi machine into think that you're putting in dollar after dollar so you'll get every soda in the machine. Use a squirt bottle (like a Windex bottle or something similar) and fill it about 2/3 with water. The other third should be filled with salt. Find a secluded Pepsi or Coke machine and squirt the entire bottle into the dollar bill slot.

 After a certian amount of salt water is poured in there, you'll be able to  push the buttons to get sodas one after the other until the machine is totally emptied out. I usually take everything except for the diet soda. Diet soda sucks. I've only done this now three times but it's worked every time. Try not to leave any finger prints just in case they decide to investigate.

It seems to me that if you're putting in a constant flow of dollar bills into the machine for a 55 cent soda you'd get 45 cents back for every one you stole but for some reason you don't get any money, just the soda. Who am I to try and understand the physics of soda machines.  This would probably work on snack machines with dollar bill slots too, although I've never tried. It's hard to find a secluded snack machine. Who's knows, maybe even dollar bill changer machines will work.

Anyways, you can either save these sodas, give them to friends or sell them to the tourists on a hot summer day. Imagine sitting next to a soda machine in front of K-Mart that sells sodas for .55 cents each. You could sit there with an ice chest full of them and sell them at .40 cents each or something. A few hours of that could probably get you a hefty profit, not to mention a short-term jail sentence.

I was told by a friend that you can take sulferic acid and pour it into the coin slot on a soda machine using a piece of paper to funnel it in. I've never tried this or seen it done, but it could work. (Wouldn't acid eat through the paper, though?) Chlorox or some other kind of bleach can be used as a sub for sulfuric acid.

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Issue #014

The Story Of Some Poor, Unfortunate Guy Who Bought A Cordless Phone

Written On January 15, 1995 - Last Revision on January 15, 1995

If you've read PLA010.TXT on scanner frequencies, you probably noticed that little list of cordless phone frequencies. The following is the chain of events that happened a few days ago when I was bored and scanning the local cordless phone channels. All of this happened in beautiful, smelly Alton, Illinois, home of nothing really all that great. I'm just up here for a week, visiting my parents. (And you guys thought I'd never come back.)

First of all, let me give you an idea of who the victim was (or is). His name is Dean Allsman but his good buddies call him Dino. It turns out that Dino lives in a one story house across the alley from me and I have a clear view of the back of his house and yard from my window. He lives with his wife, Shana, who he likes to be a total dickhead to. He sounds about 24 years old.

From listening to Dino for about two minutes I sort of got this mental picture of him and when I later got him to go out in his yard and looked at him through a pair of binoculars, I found out that I was right. Dino is the type of guy who wears scuzzy torn up clothing, smokes about two packs of Marlboros a day, has greasy, stringy hair down to his shoulders, always wears a dirty cap and says, "Fuck", "Shit" and "Goddammit!" more than most people. Dino is also not that bright and likes to go fishin' alot. He's pretty slow and it was very easy to piss him off. He liked to play a big, tough guy on the phone with us, but then we'd hear him call his wife at work and he'd sound like he was about ready to cry.

So here's what happened. I was sitting here watching T.V. and scanning phones. Suddenly I hear a dialtone and someone pushing touch tones. The signal is coming in really clear which means that he's close by. The phone rings and a girl answers, "xxxxx, May I help you?" I pick up my phone, dial 411 and ask for the phone number to xxxxx and write it down. Meanwhile, Dino is yelling at his wife something about not having anything to eat in the house, something is wrong with the T.V., he makes a "joke" about beating her and continues to bitch. So I call the business that his wife, Shana, is working at. When she answers, I say, "Better be careful, I think he's lying to you. He might actually beat you tonight."

She clicks over, "Dino, the weirdest thing just happened to me. Some guy..." And she explains what happened. They try to figure it out and finally decide that some guy they know named Matt is responsible. So I decide to clear things up for them by calling back and saying, "No, I'm not Matt" to Shana. She clicks back over.

Shana: "Dino, hang up, somebody's listening to our conversation! It was that guy and he said that he's not Matt."

Dino: "Huh?"

Shana: Explains a little more slowly what happened.

Dino: "Hey, if there's some dickhead out there listening, why don't you call ME, you chickenshit bastard! 258-xxxx, you little fuck."

I decide this is going to be fun so I call up my faithful PLA co-worker Zak, who has the luxury of three-way calling and explain the situation to him. So we call up Dino and give him a piece of our minds.

Dino: "Listen here, you little pricks, I'll give you $100 dollars if you come over here and show your faces instead of hiding behind your fuckin' phones."

Zak: "Would that be cash or food stamps, sir?"

Dino: "Hey, fuck you! Come on over here. Show your face!"

RBCP: "If we come over will you give us a beer?"

Dino: "Yeah, I'll give you a beer. Come over and we can all drink a beer."

RBCP: "But then you'll kick my ass."

Dino: "No, I won't kick your ass. Just come on over here and show your face."

Zak: "Do you want my name?"

Dino: "Sure, what's your name?"

Zak: "It's Chris Tomkinson."

Dino: "Bullshit! You're lyin', you little jack-off."

So it goes on and on like this for quite awhile and gets boring so we hang up. Suddenly I have one of my psychic flashes. I see several teen-age boys breaking into Dino's house. I must help our beloved police force and possibly save Dino's life so I get on my cellular phone and dial 911.

911: "911, What's you're emergency?"

RBCP: "Yeah, I'm over here parked on the side of the street in my car and I'm watching these kids break into some guy's house here. They're all going in the basement window and they've got flashlights.

911: "Alright, what address is being broken into?"

RBCP: I give him Dino's address.

He asks me for some more information and we hang up. I turn off all my lights and go to the window. Luckily, Dino lives just down the street from the Wood River Donut Shop so the police get there in a matter of minutes. Three cars show up and start shinning lights all over Dino's house. While all this is happening, Dino is on his phone talking to one of his drinkin' buddies. I hear him on the scanner across the room, "Fuck! Hold on a minute!" Dino goes out and talks to the police and they all leave.

After awhile things get a little boring again. Dino calls up his wife and tells her all that's happened. He calls up a friend and tells him the same  story which is his own distorted version of the truth. He wants to borrow his friend's Caller I.D. box so he can find out who we are and his friend has to explain that it doesn't work like that and Dino would have to call the phone company and sign up for the service. Even if he did that, Zak has this unconscience habit of dialing *67 before he dials anything, making Caller I.D. useless to anyone he calls. And I don't think Dino could figure out *57 at all.

I whip out my cellular phone again and make a collect call to Dino. The cell operator calls Dino and says, "This is Ameritech Cellular operator. I have a collect call from a Roy Gerbil. The charges are approximately $1.95 a minute. Will you accept the charges?" This upsets Dino a little bit for some reason and he refuses the charges. Go figure.

Zak pulls out his Ameritech phone book and picks a name at random, which is a Mr. Vaughn and gives him a call. Keep in mind that it's now about 12:30 at night.

Vaughn: "Hello?"

RBCP: "Hi, this is the Ameritech Messaging Service. I have an emergency message for you. Do you have a pen or pencil?"

Vaughn: "Uh, hold on a second. Okay, go ahead."

RBCP: "Is it a pen or is it a pencil you have?"

Vaughn: "What?"

RBCP: "Never mind, the message is that you need to call this number..." I give him Dino's phone number. "And that it's an emergency and you need to call him as soon as possible."

Vaughn: "Okay. Thank you."

RBCP: "Thank you for using Ameritech."

A second later I hear Dino's cordless phone ringing on my scanner. He sounds a little pissed off when he answers.

Dino: "What!?"

Vaughn: "Uhhhh, someone just called here saying that I need to call you."

It drags on and on. Dino asks Mr. Vaughn all kinds of stupid questions and explains the entire situation to him in detail. It's obvious that Mr. Vaughn just wants to go back to sleep.

Dino: "Do you have a cordless phone?"

Vaughn: "No."

Dino: "Do you have Caller I.D.?"

Vaughn: "No."

Dino: "Okay. Do you have a cellular phone?"

Vaughn: "No. Whoever called me was some guy from Ameritech. It wasn't a kid."

Dino: "Did he say anything about Roy?"

Vaughn: "Uh..no, he said he was from Ameritech Message Service and he had a message for me."

Dino: "You live here in East Alton?"

Vaughn: "No, I'm in Wood River. I don't know where they got my number."

Dino: "Well, my number's in the phone book. They call me and all they can do is sit there and play little games with me. And I told 'em, hey, come down here and I'll give you a hundred dollars to see your face. I just wanna see who the hell you are. They say that they live here and his name is Chris something but I don't even know if that's true or not."

We repeat this trick several times. I introduce myself as Ameritech, Illinois Relay Service, the Ameritech Illinois Goo Goo Relay Company and several other random companies. We give them all Dino's number and each time Dino keeps them on the phone asking them all kinds of questions. One question he always asks is if they have Caller I.D. So Zak calls Dino and I talk to him.

Dino: Sounds a little worn out. "Hello?"

RBCP: "Uh, yeah, I just got a call from Illinois Relay Service and I'm supposed to call you or something?"

Dino: "Okay, let me explain to you what's going on. There's these kids..." He gives me the whole story and finally asks me the question I was waiting for. "Do you have Caller I.D.?"

RBCP: "Yeah."

Dino: "Could you look and see who called you?"

RBCP: "Okay, hold on, let me get up......Alright, you want the number that's on here?"

Dino: "Yeah!"

RBCP: "It's 931-4402."

He thanks me and hangs up. He immediately calls the number I gave him. Little does he know that it's the number of some kid that we like to pick on. The kid's dad answers the phone. Dino says, "I got your number, you mother fucker!" And the kid's dad just sits there not knowing what to think. Finally, he hangs up on Dino. Then we hear Dino SINGING! "Ha ha you little pricks, I know who you aaaare!" So Zak calls him.

Dino: "Hello?"

Zak: "I don't think you're gonna get a record contract anytime soon with that voice."

Dino: "Hey, wait a minute! Hey, don't have fucking people calling my fucking house. You little fucking jack off. What's your number, man?"

Zak: "258-0357" (Chris Tomkinson's number)

Dino: "Are you sure?"

Zak: "No, I'm telling you a big fucking joke."

Dino: "Well, I imagine you would because that's all you've been doing all fucking night long is playing a fucking joke. Let me tell you something else. Every fucking call you make at my wife's fucking work number is being recorded, but I know you don't care."

Zak: "Will your wife sell me the tapes because I've said some pretty funny things tonight."

Dino: "Hey, lemme tell you something, boy, you fuck with my wife, you're fucking with your own life."

Zak: "I already have. She's not that good."

Dino: "Oh, yeah, right."

Zak: "And she gave me herpes."

Dino: "Huh?"

Zak: "I said she gave me herpes."

Dino: "Oh, that's good."

Zak: "Well, I gotta go now."

Dino: "Hey, wait a minute, man, let me get a pen"

Zak: "Why?"

Dino: "Why? Because I wanna call you. What's your name?"

Zak: "I'm G Homey Roy. Who you down with?"

Dino: "Fuck you!"

Zak: "Okay. Bye."

Dino: "Later on, dickhead!"

A few more people call Dino and tell him the Goo Goo Relay Service left his number for them. We start to get bored again so we call Dino.

RBCP: "Hi, Dino."

Dino: "What the fuck do you WANT?"

RBCP: "I just wanted you to know that I'm monitoring all of your phone calls."

Dino: "Yeah, I know you are, dickface."

RBCP: "You know the grey box on the side of your house that says Telephone Network Interface on it? Well, I've plugged my phone into that and I have complete control over your lines. Resistance is useless."

Dino: "Yeah, you're full of shit you little fucker! Why don't you tell me where you are?"

RBCP: "Okay, we're parked across the street by the church in a blue van. There's a satellite beamed at your house so we hear everything said even when you're not on the phone."

Dino: "Bullshit, that's the churches van. It's always parked there."

RBCP: "Of course it's always parked there. We always watch you. There's a camera over there on your bookshelf."

Dino: "Listen, you little dickweeds. I'm gonna find out who you are."

Zak:  "Hey, Dino, exactly what year of grade school did you drop out of?"

We hang up and he calls his wife at work. As tough as he was acting with us on the phone, he sounds like he's about ready to cry when talking to his wife.

Shana: "What's wrong with you?"

Dino: "Man, these guys have got something going. They got a big setup somewhere and they said there's some kind of grey box on the outside of the house. I'm walking around the house right now looking for it.

I jump up off the couch and run to the window. I look but I must have just missed him. A second later he tells his wife that he's back inside and can't find any grey box.

Dino: "They say they've tapped our phones and they're watching our house."

Shana: "Dino, they're probably lying and they're just listening to the cordless phone."

I get on my cellular phone again and place a call to California. I tell the roaming operator that I want to bill it to my home phone. The roaming operator asks me for my home phone number and I give him Dino's number.

CELL: "Okay, I'm going to have to verify charges. Could I have your name?"

RBCP: "Yeah, my name is Shana."

CELL: "Shana?"

RBCP: "Are you making fun of me?"

CELL: "Uh, no. Hold on, please."

Dino: "Hello?"

CELL: "Hi, this is Ameritech Roaming operator #1753. I have a Shana placing a call to California and wants to bill the charges to you. The charges are approximately $1.95 a minute. Will you accept the charges?"

Dino: "Is this really the cellular operator?"

CELL: "Yeah..."

Dino: "Well, I'm talking to Shana on the other line. Is there any way you can trace that call?"

CELL: "No, I can't trace the call but I can put a block on the phone so they won't be able to bother you any more."

Dino: "Okay, could you do that?"

The cellular operator makes arangements to have all attempts to bill calls to his house denied. This means that anyone wanting to make a legitamate collect or third-party call to Dino from a cellular phone won't be able to. Of course,  that's just on the cellular phone, but he thinks this means that there's absolutely no way that we'll be able to call him on any phone ever again.

Dino clicks over and starts talking to Shana again. He explains to her that everything's been taken care of and we'll never be able to call them again.  While he's explaining this, we call him and let him know that he's completely wrong.

After awhile, they hang up and Dino dials zero. He asks the operator to connect him with local police. Then he tells the policeman the whole story and the policeman treats him like a total idiot and tells him there's nothing they can do and he should try calling the phone company. So he hangs up and dials 1-800-244-4444. Lucky for him, the phone company's billing office here is open 24 hours a day.

"You have reached the Ameritech Customer Billing Office for residential accounts. All representatives are currently busy. For faster service, please call us Tuesday through Friday during the daytime. Your call will be answered by the next available representative. Your approximate wait time is greater than ten minutes..."

Poor guy sits on the phone listening to Ameritech hold music for fifteen minutes. During this time we keep trying to call him but he won't answer. Finally he gets through and tells the Ameritech representative his whole story and the Ameritech lady says she can change his phone number or get him a  Caller I.D. box. It would cost $80 to have his number changed. Then the billing operator claims that there is no such thing as Cellular Operator. This just shows us how much phone company employees really know.

So he hangs up with her and starts thumbing through the yellow pages. He calls up about every cellular network number in the book only to find that they all seem to be closed at 1:30 in the morning. Then he happens upon the number to the Illinois Relay Service and calls them. He explains his life story to THIS operator and she doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. "Sir, this is the Illinois Relay Service for deaf people. I have no idea what you're saying."

Later That Night...

A few hours have passed and I've hung up with Zak. Dino calls his wife and complains to her for awhile. Then he calls back the Ameritech billing office, gets put on hold for another ten minutes and arranges to have his phone number changed to an unlisted number. Fortunately for him, they decide that they won't charge him $80 to do this, just $1.85 a month to keep it unlisted. The operator gives Dino his new unlisted number and I write it down.

Around 4:15 a.m. he's talking to his wife at work and they're still trying to  figure out everything that's happened and who was responsible.

Dino: "Well, I'm wondering about this one house across the alley behind the church. The whole time all this was happening the light upstairs was on and now they're not calling anymore and his light is turned off."

Shana:"Which house is it exactly?"

Dino: "There's the parking lot, a yellow house and then a blue house and and that's the fucking one I'm talking about." (I turn on my light)  "There his light just went on again!"

Shana:"I know who lives there. It's RedBoxChiliPepper!" (Actually, she says my real name.) "I went to grade school with him. He knows all about computers and phones and stuff. He was like a total weird-o in grade school. I bet it's him."

Meanwhile, I'm thinking, "Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit! I've been found out!" I suddenly remember why Shana's voice sounds so familiar. I know exactly who she is. She used to date my brother in Junior High. So I dig up my old flip file to look her up and get her old phone number, address, parents' names, sister's name, etc. (I WAS a weird-o, you see.) I have no idea who Dino is but I'm starting to think that maybe it's a good idea to cut my vacation short and go back to New Mexico. Meanwhile, Dino is looking up my picture in Shana's Junior high school yearbook.

Dino: "I can't find it anywhere."

Shana:"It's in the Juniors section."

Dino: "There isn't a Junior section. It goes Senior, Sophomore, Freshman. I think they forgot to put Junior in here." (I laugh.)

Shana:"Nooo...Look right after the Senior section, it should be there."

This goes on and on. After ten minutes he finally gets to the Junior section. Then he has the task of figuring out how to spell my name which really isn't that difficult. It takes him maybe fifteen minutes but he finally gets it. Dino's comment when he finds it is, "Yeeeah, he LOOKS like someone that would do something like this." Now, how can you tell, just by looking at a picture that I'd be the type of person who'd do something like this?

Shana happens to work at a place that my parents have done business at. She pulls up their names on her computer and gives Dino my phone number. They talk a little while longer and hang up. I know Dino is about to call me so I dial a blank phone company test number so the phone doesn't ring downstairs and wake up my parents. A second later I answer the call waiting. I answer in a deep, sleepy voice.

RBCP: "Hello?"

Dino: "Yes, could I speak to a RedBoxChiliPepper?"

RBCP: (Sounding annoyed.) "He doesn't live here anymore."

Dino: "Well, I think he's been calling my house tonight."

RBCP: "Do you have any idea what time it is?"

Dino: (Starts explaining the whole thing to me...)

RBCP: "Well, RBCP hasn't lived here for about two years now. If he's calling you he's calling you from Texas. I don't know what you're talking about."

Dino: "Okay, thank you."

We hang up and Dino calls back his wife. Lucky for me, he assures his wife that he talked to my dad and it wasn't me after all.

Dino: "Yeah, they said he's going to college in Texas." (College? What?)

Shana:"Did it sound like him?"

Dino: "No, but it could have been a friend of his or something."

Shana:"All I know is that he was really strange in grade school and junior high. He had a cellular phone back then and all this equipment and he knew how to take a phone apart and tap it..."

Shana goes on and on about all this stuff that I know how to do. I don't know where she was comming up with all of it but most of it was either exaggerated or not true at all. I remember in Junior High I got caught with my cordless phone at lunch when me and a friend were making free calls off of some guy's cordless line near the school. Sheesh, that was 1986. Not even yuppies had cellular phones back then. The being able to take a phone apart is accurate but not exactly something I went around doing all the time. As for me being some kind of weird-o, that's right on the money.

The Next Day...

I was woke up the next morning at 10:00 a.m. by the sound of Shana dialing a number on the cordless phone. I had left my scanner on all night so I could listen to things as they developed. I also left my speaker phone on the blank test line all night in case Dino decided to call back, which he never did. I reached over and shut off my speaker phone and listened to Shana.

Shana called her parents, told them about everything and gave her mom the new phone number. She called her sister and did the same. I can't figure out WHY they would keep using the cordless phone since it's obvious that that's how we're listening in. Anyway, I heard Shana tell the story to several people that morning and each time it got wilder and wilder each time. Both her and her husband seem to have a gift for making up stuff to make it sound more interesting.

So that's about it. Nothing much more happened. Although I have their new phone number and everything we don't plan on calling him back. Besides, I'm leaving town in a couple days and it would be boring if we couldn't listen to their reactions on the scanner. I hope you enjoyed reading about this  experience as much as we did creating it. Maybe we'll eventually publish all of Dino & Shana's information so you can call and ask them about it. Most of this file was translated from the tapes (I recorded most of what happened.) and the rest of it was done from memory. Any comments or questions about this whole thing are welcome.

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Issue #015

Beige Boxing To Take Over Your City

Written On January 25, 1995 - Last Revision on January 29, 1995

Here's what happened when I took beige boxing just a little too far while living in Celina, Ohio (population 8000). I started out like most people, just finding a telco box or a neighbor's box on the side of their house, plugging in my phone and dialing away at the 900 numbers and harrassing operators. But that got really old after awhile. So I set up sort of a permanent beige box on my next door neighbor's line. I hooked a line into their box, ran it under the siding to make it invisible, down next to a basement window and into the ground. From there I dug a trench in the ground about 3 inches deep from their box to my box and hooked the wire into my box, to the yellow and black wires.

Now I could use their line to call bbses around the world for free! I decided not to make any direct long distance calls so they wouldn't start investigating and find the extra line going into the ground. So I only third-number billed and used calling cards from their line and tried as best as I could not to annoy the operators too bad.

So you see, it started out sort of innocently, but then I began to eavesdrop on a lot of my neighbors' conversations. After awhile the conversations got sort of boring so I hooked up my two-line phone to both of the lines and started conferencing total strangers onto their line while they were in the middle of a conversation, which caused quite a bit of confusion, especially when I hooked them up to overseas people. Then to make things worse, I'd pop in and say in a deep voice, "Please deposit 25 cents!"

Pretty soon, my neighbors got to be too boring for me. I mean, they reacted to my pranks on their line the exact same way every time and their conversations without me were totally boring, hardly worth listening to. So I went to my OTHER next door neighbor's house one night to check out the possibilities on their line and ended up doing the same thing to their line only running the line in my basement window and upstairs to the spare bedroom where the other two lines were hooked up.

Since I only had one conference phone that didn't work very well to begin with, I decided to build a simple switchboard on top of my desk. It ended up being a piece of sheet metal with five 2-position switches on it. Switch 1 was my own phone line, switch 2 was the first neighbor's line and switch 3 was the other neighbor's line. Also, each switch had a light above it to indicate In-Use. Normally, the switches would be in the "off" position. If I wanted to use a line, I flipped it on and hit the speakerphone button on my desk phone or used my official Bell operator headset. (Actually, one of those cheap headsets that you buy from Radio Shack but hey, I drew a Bell symbol on it!)

So now with their two lines and my own three-way calling line, I had a total of four phone lines to play with. The new neighbor's calls proved to be much more interesting that the others. They had a son and teen-aged daughter who liked to talk on the phone alot. And when their conversations DID get a little boring, I helped them out by patching my Sound Blaster card directly into my switchboard so I could add sound effects, movie clips and rude noises to their conversation. Lemme tell you, their reaction to this was fantasic. Each kid would blame it on the other and when I did it to either of the parents, they would yell at their kids to quit playing around on the phone.

Now I'm happy and have plenty of things to do with my spare time which I have a lot of. I'd been using various calling cards from both of their lines late at night to call bulletin boards for about a month and a half and still Telco Security hadn't called them up questioning them about anything. I thought maybe they were just trying to build a case against them and were holding out for more fraud. In any case, I decided to keep close tabs on their phone calls in case AT&T called them questioning anything so I'd have advance warning to sneak back over and disconnect their lines. To help with this I bought a few of those cool Radio Shack deals that automatically records all incomming and outgoing calls on your lines so I could keep up with their phone calls while I was at work.

Then something horrible happened. Most of my favorite phone companies around the United States figured out that they were being ripped off big time by people who order calling cards with personalized pin numbers for other people. This security flaw was my major source of calling cards and now they had set it up so if you wanted to do this you needed the victim's social security number. Getting their social security number isn't a super hard task but it sure was a pain in the ass to have to do that every time I wanted a new calling card. They were making things HARD for me. I only had about twenty cards left and my cards went dead pretty quick lately because of my extensive international calling. I could third-number bill everything but if you've ever tried to do that for a bbs call you know that it's a pain in the ass to get it right.

That's when I went over to the window and looked across the street. I saw a little shop with a pay phone next to it and a guy in a suit talking on the pay phone. Since car phones aren't a big thing yet in this little town, the few yuppies that there are usually stop by this phone to make their important phone calls. And of course they prefer credit cards to pocket change. A plan started to form in my head. Of course I couldn't run a phone wire underneath the street because I just might be noticed using a jackhammer on the concrete. So...

That night at 3:00 a.m. I got on my cellular phone and dialed the direct line to the Celina police. I explained to them that I had just seen a few kids jump the fence to the boat yard and break into the office. I listened in on my scanner as the dispatcher sent all available units to the boat yard. (All two of them, eh?) I was ready when I heard that and I ran across the street to the pay phone. I had done this a million times before but usually it was in a secluded area and there wasn't such time pressure.

I pulled out my specially cut alan wrench and opened the bottom panel of the pay phone. I set the base unit of my cordless phone there in the bottom and clipped the wires into the pay phone line. Then I plugged the AC cord into the receptacle. (Most phones have these in the bottom panel to power the light on top of the phone.) I wrapped a garbage bag around the phone to protect it from water damage and the evil GTE linemen and put the panel back on. The whole thing took less than four minutes. Meanwhile, the brutal Celina police force are crawling around the boat yard with flashlights, looking underneath all the boats for these hardended criminal kids. They never found them, though.

I went back home and picked up my cordless handset. I turned it on and dialed the local Wal-Mart. A recording came on, telling me to deposit twenty-five cents. So I called a number a little further away. I called Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California and was asked to deposit $2.25. I tried red boxing the coins in but I think the reception was screwing it up. I ended up going through a live operator who put the call through for me.

I decided I'd better get this fixed. I didn't need GTE dropping a trouble card on my pay phone and discovering my cordless base unit in there. So I took the handset apart and hard-wired it into my switchboard. I replaced the rechargeable batteries with an AC line and built a red box on the switchboard that was hooked diectly into the cordless phone's microphone. Then I boosted the antenna by hooking it to the old T.V. antenna on top of my house. This was getting to be pretty fun!

The next morning I had the alarm set for 10:00 a.m. so I could sit at my window and wait for yuppies to use my pay phone. My first customer came at 10:18, a little kid who used a copper slug. Damn him, I should call his parents for this. Anyway, I came on and impersonated the operator, telling him he was in big trouble and if he didn't put in a real fifty cents immediately I would come over there and rip that St. Louis Cardinals hat right off his head and hit him with it. He hung up, looked nervously around and quickly disappeared into the alley.

At 10:57, while I was in the middle of my Frosted Flakes breakfast, the neighborhood mailman stopped by to use the phone. I looked through my binoculars and saw him punch a "zero" first. I was so happy, milk came out of my nose. When he tried to enter his calling card number, I interferred by hitting some extra numbers. He tried it again and I messed him up again. Then I heard the AT&T recording, "Please hold for operator assisstance." An operator came on and asked for his card number. He read it off as I wrote it down. I was so grateful to him that I didn't even harrass him during his call.

I got three calling card numbers that day. The next day I got a little more creative. I got on the pay phone line and dialed a phone company number that just sat there, blank. When a guy picked up the phone, I played a recording of a dial tone into the phone. When he began dialing I stopped the recording and when he finished dialing I played the recording, "AT&T! Please enter your  calling card number now..." He began to enter his calling card and I came on and talked to him in a really annoying nasal voice.

ME: "AT&T, What seems to be the problem?"

HIM:"I'm just using my calling card."

ME: "Okay, what's your calling card number?"

HIM: Gives me his number.

ME: "That card's not going through here. Do you have another card?"

HIM:"Uh...yeah, I have my AT&T calling card."

ME: "Okay, let's try that one."

HIM: Gives me his number.

ME: "Okay...Yep, that one's okay. Here's your call and fuck you for using AT&T"

I had no idea what number he had dialed in the first place so I got an old recording of Tina, the fone sex operator and put it on the line. "Hi, this is Tina...Are you ready for a hot time?..." The poor guy tried to talk to her and finally realized that it was a recording and hung up. I watched him walk down the street and use the phone booth a few blocks away.

A few days later I bought one of those touch tone decoders. It had a LCD display that showed me exactly what digits were being dialed on any line I hooked it up to. I hooked this into my switchboard and not only was it easier for me to get calling cards, I could see exactly who my neighbors were calling. I started keeping files on the neighbors and who they called. Oh, did I mention that I have no life. You may have figured that out already.

Two months later not much had changed. I still had the same setup and was working on expanding it. I added 10 more switches to it for extra lines and started wandering around my neighbors' yards late at night, looking for new possibilities. I also hooked an old bulky cellular phone into my setup so I could connect neighbors to the cellular roaming network and I added another phone so I could listen in on more that one line at a time without them hearing each other.

The little green telco box on our block is very well secluded. It sits near some bushes in the alley behind my house, about three houses over. The only problem with it is that it's sitting right underneath a bright street light. I eventually took care of the street light with my pump pellet rifle. It took an hours worth of patience to finally hit it just right, but I finally turned it off. That being accomplished, I went to the hardware store and bought a cable. This nifty little cable had fifty separate wires inside of it, enough to hook twenty-five phones to.

When dark finally came, I grabbed my back pack and hiked over to the telco box. I opened it and started hooking my phone, dialing 1-800-MY-ANI-IS on every set of terminals in there and taking notes of what was what. I was going to go for choice and pick my least favorite neighbors but decided that would take forever so I hooked up to the first fifty terminals (on the backside, so telco wouldn't notice) and put the box back together. I hoped I hadn't hooked up one of my neighbor's that I already had hooked to my house 'cause it'd suck to waste a whole line like that.

Now the hard part. I dug a trench a few inches deep from the telco box, down the alley, into my own back yard, then through the yard and into that little hole underneath my basement window. It took me over three hours to complete all this but when I was finished there wasn't a trace that anything strange was going on. I had to cut a hole in the floor to get the cable upstairs to my switchboard and found myself hoping that my land lord wouldn't drop by anytime soon. He gets testy when I drill holes in his property. So I got that far and went to bed. I couldn't really do much more 'cause I needed to go to Radio Shack and buy some more switches and a larger piece of sheet metal.

Another month passes. I've dicovered that I've got access to the phones in random houses as far away as two blocks AND another pay phone. I've hooked about every sound device I own into the switchboard, including my computer's Sound Blaster, tape deck, CD player, voice changer and echo machine. I have the ability to hook twenty-eight lines up to a single phone, creating a monster party line of confused people and my calling card list has reached almost 100 numbers. That's the most I've ever had all at once.

Then on Friday the power bill arrived. It was an outrageous amount, probably because I have a habit of turning on heaters while opening windows, leaving lights on all day, my computer, etc. It didn't seem fair that I should have to pay so much to them, especially since I stopped going to work as often so I could sit at home and play operator. My neighbors have a receptacle on their deck that they use to plug in the bug lamp and sometimes a radio. I figure if they're not using it all that much, I'll take advantage of that.

That night I dig down about a foot where the plug is and cut open a section of the plastic pipe to expose their wires. Carefully using rubber gloves and pliers, I managed to splice my orange 100 foot extension cord into their line. I ran that under ground to my basement window and start plugging my large appliances in. The refrigerator, space heater, microwave and electric oven. So I walk over to their power meter and peer in to the glass bubble and notice the disk is spinning quite rapidly. Oh, well. They own a pool and deck.  Obviously they can afford a little more electricity.

I figure that if they're rich, they can probably afford cable T.V. and I notice that their cable line is conveinently located next to their phone box. So the day after that I get free cable. A few weeks later, free cable alone just isn't enough for me. I want to be able to control what my neighbors watch. So I hook up sort of a loop so that their cable line is comming to my house before it gets to them. Then I build this little switchboard next to my phone switchboard that consists of a few T.V. monitors, a VCR, a video camera and some video mixing devices.

By the time I'm through hooking it all up, I have the power to change their channels, make them watch my home video collection or wipe their T.V. show off the air with a variety of 37 different wiping techniques! I also have a monitor set up showing me exactly what they're seeing in their house. By now you're probably wondering what these neighbors did to me to make me want to be so mean spirited to them. Well, nothing. They just lived at the wrong house at the wrong time.

I tune in to their phone and T.V. The old lady is talking to Gertrude while watching The Price Is Right and her husband is out in back, trying to figure out the problems they've been having with their bug zapper light. I leave her T.V. picture on but mute the sound so I can talk over Bob Barker. Using my voice changer, I make the following announcement:

"Greetings, Earthling Mildred. I am alien visitor Q359-Kriegsmitzelpapshmeer. I come in peace. Take me to your leader, Bob Barker or I will disentigrate your house. Oh, and I also want a Metallica box CD set and I want to know what a vaccum cleaner is..."

I left them alone completely until Mildred got back from the hospital. While they were gone, I bought some heavy duty wire and tapped in to their circuit breaker box, giving me complete control. I also ran their water line through my house so I could leech and control that. When they got home Mildred got in the shower and Herb sat down to watch Tammy Faye Bakker (whatever) on T.V. I walked over to my "Department of Water" switchboard and turned a valve. This valve released the five gallon tank of washing machine Blue (dye) into their water lines. Then I popped in the porno video "Edward Penishands" and sent that into their living room T.V. set. Herb was so engrossed in his show that he didn't even hear Mildred screaming something about alien invasions.

A few months later after spending the day mowing my neighbor's lawn while they were gone (I mowed the words "WE COME IN PEACE"), it's 2:30 in the morning and I grab my backpack and sprint over the the Celina Power & Light building. I begin to dig a trench from their building to my basement window...

I think I've been using a few too many illegal substances or something.  Actually, I made this whole thing up. I was bored, okay? Anyone that believed any of it even for a second needs to have their head checked out. So the story is probably full of holes although I really did live in Celina, Ohio for a few months and ran up quite a hefty phone bill. It was my own bill, though. I really hope this file is an inspiration to all and hope that the Celina Police will stop looking for those kids in the boat yard after they read this.

Free Power, Cable & Phone:

Now the instructional part of this file. If you live in an apartment, doing all of this is super easy because you don't have to run around the neighborhood digging holes and the chances of getting caught are practically nothing.

Power:

Find a wall in your apartment that is also the wall of the person living next door. About a foot from the floor cut a small hole in the wall. Using a flashlight and maybe a mirror, look around in there to see if you can find the neighbor's recepticle. If you can't, cut a hole a couple feet over and try again.

Once you find one, splice open the outer covering to the wires, exposing two more wires. Splice those open, keeping in mind that these are LIVE wires so be careful unless you consider afro hairstyles to be "in." If you don't want to work with the live wires you can either cross the two wires with a screwdriver or something, tripping the breaker or find their power box and shutting their power off. If you can't do this, then continue carefully.

So hook up your own extension cord or whatever into their line and tape up all the exposed stuff with electrical tape so you don't burn down your apartment. Plug in all your appliances that suck up a lot of juice into their line. Space heaters and the fridge is a good place to start.

Cable & Phones:

Use pretty much the same method to obtain free cable and phone. Start punching holes in the walls until you find their cable and phone lines and splice your own hookups into theirs. The chances of them ever finding any of this are pretty slim 'cause when a big power bill arrives, the man of the house does not generally start knocking holes in the walls, looking for the source of the problem. It's a good idea to not make any direct long distance calls from the phone. Besides, if you start dialing a bunch of 900 numbers, his poor kids are gonna get grounded.

Another way to get the phone line is to find the main phone box on the outside of the apartment. Each customer should have four terminals, a green, red, yellow and black. So find out which terminals are yours. Now pick your neighbor's red and green terminals and hook them to your black and yellow. If you don't have a legitimate phone to begin with, you can hook them to your red and green or find another neighbor's line and hook THAT to your red and green so you'll have two "pirate" lines. Remember, if funny things start happening to them, it won't be too hard for the phone company to look in the box and see that you're responsible.

Now I sure hope that your good at patching up holes in the walls because when your apartment manager sees all the holes, you'll probably be evicted. If  you're not bright enough to patch the holes, trying lowering the pictures on the walls to cover them. I'm sure THAT won't look suspicious. Or get your little brother to stick his head in the hole and tell him never to move.

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You!

512-370-4680 PLA Voice Mailbox                      

512-851-8317 Sonic Youth Systems

512-883-7543 PLA WHQ Texas Line

618-797-2339 PLA WHQ Illinois Line

And PLEASE Don't Pay For Your Fone Calls!


Issue #016

Deaf Phones, Phone Books and Phone Bills

written by Zak

Written On  January 15, 1995 - Last Revision on February 2, 1995

TDD Fun:

Roy! Welcome to PLA file #16. This file is about TDD machines. Those cute little keyboards and acoustic hookups that you find on payphones. TDD devices can provide hours of fun for a bored phreak, or just someone who has nothing better to do with his life, like me. TDD's are so deaf people can pay outrageous phone bills just like the rest of us.

Say you are walking through the airport on the way back from HoHoCon and see one of these cool things. Flip the power switch next to the screen, put the receiver on the rubber circles. Dial the relay number for whatever state you're in, and the operator will begin typing to you. Ask her to call somebody for you. It has to be in that area code, and you have to pay with a calling card or third number billing or another fraudulent method if you're going to call long distance.

So, you found a TDD, and the operator called your friend Bobby. If he doesn't know about the relay service, she will explain it to him. Then, she will say WHATEVER you type on the keyboard, no matter how silly, obscene or illegal, she must repeat what you tell her to. We have had them talk about such things as cocaine deals, blowing up commuter flights, and even "Oh baby, my pussy is so wet."

As a service to deaf people, TDD's don't charge anything for a local call. If anyone knows where there is a TDD machine in the 618 area code, tell me because I really want to steal it. Also, most TDD machines don't have any punctuation and only type in CAPS so you need special codes to do some things.

Q === a question mark

GA == Means Go ahead

SKSK= Goodbye

Getting a copy of someones phone bill:

This is an easy and fun way to get revenge on someone. Just call up the Billing Office (Ameritech: 1-800-244-4444) and get the operator for home accounts. Tell her you will be out of state around the time your phone bill arrives, and you want it to be sent to another address. Usually, the operator will be happy to do this for you, but sometimes you get the operator who seems to think that she is with undercover Bell Sekurity, and want info like your SS# or want to call you back at home. If you get one of these types of operators, hang up or something. You might already have the victims SS#, but most of the time, it will not be needed.

Now it's time to choose a place for the bill to be sent to. Some good places are, his parents house, a friends house, or maybe a P.O. Box that you got in someone else's name. Then, you will have his family and friends numbers, and most of the other people he calls. You can call him up and recite some numbers off the bill, or how much he owes. One nice thing about this is that this will probably make him late paying the bill, and he will owe a late charge!

Phone Books:

Once again, call up the billing office, and press whatever button gives you the phone directory ordering line. An operator will ask how she can help you.  Tell her what city, state or country you want a phone book from. She will ask for a bunch of things like your name, number and address.

Give her whatever name you want the book sent in, someone else's number, and a P.O. Box you want the books sent to. The books that you order wil be billed to whatever number you gave her, so it really doesn't matter if the address belongs to the person that gets the bill for them.

[email protected] to mail Zak. Long live the PLA!

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You!

512-370-4680 PLA Voice Mailbox                      

512-851-8317 Sonic Youth Systems

512-883-7543 PLA WHQ Texas Line

618-797-2339 PLA WHQ Illinois Line

And PLEASE Don't Pay For Your Fone Calls!


Issue #017

Letters From The Phone Company

Written On  February 2, 1995 - Last Revision on February 2, 1995

Over the years I've gotten a lot of nasty letters from various phone companies, most of which I've kept for sovineers. So here are a selected few for you to laugh at or turn me in or whatever.

The following is a letter that I received after allowing everyone in the world that I knew to start third number billing all their long distance calls to my home phone that I wasn't going to pay. Keep in mind, people were billing calls all over the WORLD from about ten different states and a couple of friends from Australia were doing the same. About a week after I got this letter, a representative from GTE Security North called me and said that since my social security number was invalid, she was shutting my phone off and the next morning it was dead forever.

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February 25, 1994

RedBoxChiliPepper

xxx W. Fayette Street #3

Celina, OH 45822

RE: (419) 586-xxxx

Dear Mr. ChiliPepper

AT&T has identified a pattern of suspected fraudulent third party calls being billing to your telephone number, which raises the suspicion that fraud may be occurring. Accordingly, in order to protect both you and AT&T from potential fraud, AT&T (reserves the right to set restrictions as outlined in FCC Tariff No. 1 pg 43.1, section 2.9.4) has restricted the ability to have AT&T third party calls billed to your number until this matter can be resolved.

If these calls are determined to be fraudulent, every effort will be made to attempt to identify the responsible parties. Cases meeting the requirements of either State or Federal statutes may be referred to law enforcement officials.

If you wish to discuss this restriction, you may do so in writing to AT&T Corporate Security Control Center, P.O.Box 6735, Department 18, Bridgewater, N.J. 08807-9998 or call 1-800-922-0479.

(A REAL hand signature!)

Ellie Tunis

AT&T Security Associate

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November 23, 1992

Dear Customer,

Our records as of November 22, 1992 indicate that you have made no payments on your Sprint long-distance account. Your account has an outstanding balance of $1,195.41.

Unless we receive your full payment by December 8, 1992, we will disconnect your Sprint long-distance service. Do not delay. Mail payment of $1,195.41  today in the envelope provided. Representatives are available at 1-800-877-4646 to take your credit card payment or answer any questions.

Please disregard this notice if payment has been sent.

Sincerely,

Sprint Collection Department

[After adding this letter to my collection, I used the enclosed envelope to mail a letter to my friend in Chicago.]

The following letter was also included in PLA006. I received this letter after collecting several hundred dollars of AT&T refunds in the mail.

Mr. RedBoxChiliPepper

P.O.Box 44xxxx                                                  10/01/93

Indianapolis, IN 46244

Dear RedBoxChiliPepper:

Our records indicate a large number of coin refund requests. In light of this history, we cannot provide a refund until AT&T investigates and verifies this claim. As part of this investigation, please provide us with the written  detail of the call and circumstances in which you lost your money. Please mail your explanation to:

                        Coin Refund Investigation Unit

                        P.O.Box 561615

                        Charlotte, NC 28256-1615

[I swear, those AT&T guys must just make up those huge department names as  they go along because they have nothing better to do. Coin Refund Investigation Unit? Sheesh.]


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The was this guy who we ordered a calling card for and we were also receiving all of his phone bills and stuff. Here's a letter we got for his one day.

RE: Calling Card Number: 504-xxx-xxxx-xxxx

Unusually high attempted usage has been detected on your BellSouth calling card. As a precautionary measure to protect your account, BellSouth has taken steps to prevent further use of your card.

From a Southern Bell number our office can be reached by dialing our toll free 780-2792 number. If you are calling from a South Central Bell number, we can be reached at the 557-6492 toll free number. You also may reach us by dialing 1-800-831-4323 from any location.

Our office is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Account representative

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This one isn't from the phone company, but from the collection agency that the phone company uses to collect unpaid debts.

5/30/94

RedBoxChiliPepper                               Owed to: General Telephone Co.

xxx W Fayette St. #3                            Account#: 419586xxxx 90385135

Celina, Ohio 45822                              Amount Due: $15,599.29

Dear RedBoxChiliPepper;

We have been advised by General Telephone Company that your account has not been paid. They have asked us to contact you and urge you to meet your obligation. You past due account has been placed for collection and is immediately due. Direct all questions, information and payments to this office. Prompt payment means good credit.

Sincerely,

Account Representative

This is an attempts to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

                        Detach and Enclose with Payment

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RedBoxChiliPepper                               Owed to: General Telephone Co.

xxx W Fayette St. #3                            Account#: 419586xxxx 90385135

Celina, Ohio 45822                              Amount Due: $15,599.29

[Yeah, right, like I have $15,000 here in my pocket to send away. The collection agency decided to call Zak periodically because he was the person that I called "The Most!" but Zak just insulted the poor lady all the time.]

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Dear Mr. ChiliPepper                                            1/2/95

After several corporate meetings we've determined that during the last five years we've lost an average of $400,000 a year as a result of your calling card fraud, international refund checks, 900 abuse, theft of Alliance Teleconferencing services, red boxing, physical damage to our public phones, manipulation of other people's phone service, etc, etc, etc.

In light of this history we've come to the decision to pay you just to leave us the hell alone. Please accept the enclosed check for $350 and the enclosed calling card that has unlimited use on the condition that you stop all illigitimate activities against us. You will recieve a check every month for this amount for as long as you can stop fucking with us.

Sincerely,

Robert Allen (You can call me Bob)

Chairman & CEO of AT&T

[Well, okay, that didn't happen but a guy can dream, can't he?]

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RE: AT&T Calling Card Account: P0554592482532

Dear RedBoxChiliPepper

According to our records, payment for final charges on your former AT&T Calling Card account has not been received. We are writing to remind you that payment of $217.78 is presently required to avoid further collection action.

Please mail your payment today to:

AT&T

P.O.Box 8209

Fox Valley, IL 60572

Be sure to include your AT&T account number on your check or money order to assure proper handling. If for any reason you are unable to make this payment or if you need to discuss your account further, please call one of our representatives at 1-800-634-8078.

If you have already mailed your payment, please disregard this notice.

Charles E. Moore

AT&T

If you have any interesting letters from phone company related sources, mail them to me and maybe they'll become a part of this file.

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You!

512-370-4680 PLA Voice Mailbox                      

512-851-8317 Sonic Youth Systems

512-883-7543 PLA WHQ Texas Line

618-797-2339 PLA WHQ Illinois Line

And PLEASE Don't Pay For Your Fone Calls!


Issue #018

The Kevin Mitnick Saga Continues...

Written On  February 1, 1995 - Last Revision on February 2, 1995

I kind of assumed that the Kevin Mitnick story was over back in 1990 after they published the book "Cyberpunk." It seemed that he was reformed and his computer shenanagens were forever behind him but each day it seems like the Mitnick saga gets better and better. So this is the Mitnick file. Everything I've ever owned on Mitnick is here so enjoy it.

I know there's a lot more Mitnick articles floating around. A LOT. I used to have all of them (more or less) but I seem to have misplaced a few so until I get my ass over to the university to use their computers, the following is all you get. If you have any to contribute, please do so.

The following memo is from Pacific Bell Security concerning Kevin Mitnck.

On May 14, 1987, Electronic Operations received a court order directing Pacific Bell to place traps on the telephone numbers assigned to a company known as "Santa Cruz Operations." The court order was issued in order to identify the telephone number being used by an individual who was illegally entering Santa Cruz Operations' computer and stealing information.

On May 28, 1987, a telephone number was identified five separate times making illegal entry into Santa Cruz Operations' computer. The originating telephone number was 805-495-6191, which is listed to Bonnie Vitello, 1378 E. Hillcrest Drive, Apartment 404, Thousand Oaks, California.

On June 3, 1987, a search warrant was served at 1378 E. Hillcrest Drive, Apt. 404, Thousand Oaks, California. The residents of the apartment, who were not at home, were identified as Bonnie Vitello, a programmer for General Telephone and Kevin Mitnick, a known computer hacker. Found inside the apartment were three computers, numerous floppy disks and a number of General Telephone computer manuals.

Kevin Mitnick was arrested several years ago for hacking Pacific Bell, UCLA and Huhes Aircraft company compouters. Mitnick was a minor at the time of his arrest. Kevin Mitnick was recently arrested for compromising the data base of Santa Cruz Operations.

The floppy disks that were seized pursuant to the search warrant revealed Mitnick's involvement in compromising the Pacific Bell UNIX operation systems and other data bases. The disks documented the following:

o Mitnick's compromise of all southern California SCC/ESAC computers. On file were the names, log-ins, passwords, and home telephone numbers for northern and southern ESAC employees.

o The dial-up numbers and circuit identification documents for SCC computers and data kits.

o The commands for testing and seizing trunk testing lines and channels.

o The commands and log-ins for COSMOS wire centers for northern and southern California.

o The commands for line monitoring and the seizure of dial tone.

o References to the impersonation of southern California security agents and ESAC employees to obtain information.

o The commands for placing terminating and originating traps.

o The addresses of Pacific Bell locations and the electronic door lock access codes for the following southern California central offices ELSG12, LSAN06,  LSAN12, LSAN15, LSAN56, AVLN11, HLWD01, HWTH01, IGWD01, LOMT11 and SNPD01.

o Inter-company electronic mail detailing new login/password proceedures and safeguards.

o The work sheet of an UNIX encryption reader hacker file. If successful, this program could break into any UNIX system at will.

"Ex-Computer Whiz Kid Held on New Fraud Counts"

by Kim Murphy (Los Angeles Times) December 16, 1988

Kevin Mitnick was 17 when he first cracked Pacific Bell's computer system, secretly channeling his computer through a pay phone to alter telephone bills, penetrate other computers and steal $200,000 worth of data from a San Francisco corporation. A juvenile court judge at the time sentenced Mitnick to six months in a youth facility.  [After his release,] his probation officer found that her phone had been disconnected and the phone company had no record of it. A judge's credit record at TRW Inc. was inexplicably altered. Police computer files on the case were accessed from outside... Mitnick fled to Israel. Upon his return, there were new charges filed in Santa Cruz, accusing Mitnick of stealing software under development by Microport Systems, and federal prosecutors have a judgement showing Mitnick was convicted on the charge. There is, however, no record of the conviction in Santa Cruz's computer files.

On Thursday, Mitnick, now 25, was charged in two new criminal complaints accusing him of causing $4 million damage to a DEC computer, stealing a highly secret computer security system and gaining access to unauthorized MCI long-distance codes through university comoputers in Los Angeles, CA, and England.

A United States magistrate took the unusual step of ordering Mitnick held without bail, ruling that when armed with a keyboard he posed a danger to the community. "This thing is so massive, we're just running around trying to figure out what he did," said the prosecutor, an assistant United States attorney. "This person, we believe, is very, very dangerous, and he needs to be detained and kept away from a computer."

Los Angeles Police Department and FBI investigators say they are only now beginning to put together a picture of Mitnick and his alleged high-tech escapades. "He's several levels above what you would characterize as a computer hacker," said detective James K. Black, head of the Los Angeles police dept's computer crime unit. "He started our with a real driving curiousity for computers that went beyond personal compouters...He grew with the technology."

Mitnick is to be arraigned on two counts of computer fraud. The case is believed to be the first in the nation under a federal law that makes it a crime to gain access to an interstate computer network for criminal purposes. Federal prosecutors also obtained a court order restricting Mitnick's phone calls from jail, fearing he might gain access to a computer over phone lines.

"Dark Side Hacker..." From The Los Angeles Times...

Dammit, what's the date on this article???

When computer hacker Kevin Mitnick arrived at a Calabases parking garage for a meeting with his friend Lenny DiCicco four weeks ago, DiCicco reached up and casually scratched his head, a pre-arranged signal to federal agents hiding nearby.

Quickly, with the sound of screeching tires and shouted commands, a half dozen men closed in and handcuffed Mitnick. "Len, why did you do this to me?", Mitnick asked as he was being led away, DiCicco recalled later.

"Because you're a menace to society," DiCicco replied.

Law enforcement authorities couldn't agree more.  Mitnick, 25, an overweight, bespectacled San Fernando Vally computer junkie known as a "dark side" hacker for his willingness to use the computer as a weapon, has been accused of causing $4 million in damage to computer giant Digital Equipment Corp in Massachusetts.

Described by one investigator as a sophisticated criminal whose computer was an "umbilical cord to his soul," he also is charged by a federal grand jury with illegally copying Digital software valued at $1 million.

But those are just the latest in a decade-long series of accusations against Mitnick, whose high school computer hobby turned into a lasting obsession. 

He roved Los Angeles, allegedly using computers at schools and businesses to break into Defense Department computer systems, sabotage business computers and electronically harass anyone-including a probation officer and FBI agents who got in his way.  He also learned how to disrupt telephone company operations and disconnected the phones of Hollywood celebrities such as Kristy McNichol, authorities said.

So determined was Mitnick, according to friends, that when he suspected his home phone was being monitored, he carried his hand-held keyboard to a pay phone in front of a 7-Eleven store, where he hooked it up and continued to break into computers around the country.

"He's an electronic terrorist," said DiCicco. "He can ruin someone's life just using his fingers."

Over the last month, three federal court judges have refused at seperate hearings to set bail for Mitnick, contending there would be no way to protect society from him if he were freed from his cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles, where he is awaiting a February 21 trial date.

Although there is a subculture of "whiz kids" around the country who break into computers for fun, and they occasionally are caught by local authorities, they traditionally wind up with no more than a slap on the wrist or a short term in jail or juvenile detention facilities, according to Jay Bloom Becker of the National Center for Computer Data, an information firm in Los Angeles.

But Mitnick is being treated as anything but a prankster. Prosecutors say he is the first person to be charged under a tough federal interstate computer crime law.  He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of three counts.

Mitnick's lack of conscience, authorities say, makes him even more dangerous than hackers such as Robert Morris Jr.

Mitnick's motive for a decade of hacking?

Not money, apparently.  An unemployed computer programmer, he drove a used car and was living with his wife in his mother's modest Panorama City apartment at the time of his arrest.

"He's gotten nothing out of it except jail," said DiCicco.

Mitnick's family and attorney however, accuse federal prosecutors of blowinng the case out of proportion, either out of fear or misunderstanding of the technology. Mitnick's wife, Bonnie, a clerk who met her future husband when he sent a message to her computer asking for a date, said prosecutors are portraying her husband as a technological magician who "could turn dogs into chickens."

His mother, Shelly Jaffee, a Panorama City waitress, said her son never even owned a computer and is not smart enough to pull off such sopisticated crimes.

She acknowledged that he once won a $300 prize at a fair for cracking a display computer's security code, but she attributed that more to luck than anything else.

By all acounts, Mitnick was a bright but indistinguished boy in school, said Jaffee, who was divorced when Kevin was 3.  "He was just a normal, typical kid.  He was not a whiz kid," she said.

In fact, Mitnick disliked school, where he was unpopular, friends said.  Aloof and a loner, his appearance didn't help.  He acquired the much-satirized look of the computer fanatic: shirt tail hanging out, horn-rimmed glasses and pens in his breast pocket.

"There was always something slightly out of place," said one educator who knew Mitnick as a student in a computer class.

His interest in computers blossomed at Monroe High School in Sepulveda, where he took a programming course taught by John Christin 1979.  But Mitnick was not interested in writing simple programs, he wanted to learn how to manipulate the fundamental codes that made the computer work, Christ said.

Soon, he was using the classroom computers, furnished by Digital Equipment Corp., the world's largest maker of networked computers with $11 billion in annual sales, to gain access to files in the Los Angeles Unified School District's main computers in downtown Los Angeles, Christ said.  The two systems were linked and Mitnick was able to discover codes that, when typed into the classroom system, would allow entry into the main computers.

He didn't try to alter grades, but caused enough trouble that administrators  asked Christ to watch him closely.  When Mitnick was caught breaking in again, Christ said, he showed no remorse.

"He has no conscience as far as I can tell," the instructor said.

DiCicco said Mitnick was already a schoolyard legend for misusing the computer terminal when they met.  DiCicco, who became a disciple, said watching Mitnick find ways into computer systems "was thrilling.  I was learning a lot from him."

He may not have been on the football team, but within the subculture of computer hackers, Mitnick was a colorful figure, using the name "Condor," for a Robert Redford movie character who outwits the government.  The final digits of his unlisted home phone number were 007.

Mitnick had such a special feeling for the computer that when an investigator for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office accused him of harming a computer he entered, he got tears in his eyes.  "The computer to him was more of an animate thing," said the investigator, Robert Ewen, "There was an umbilical cord from it to his soul.  That's why when he got behind a computer he became a giant."

Although some teen-agers consider hacking glamorous, it atually can be a grinding process.  A hacker may spend hours, even days, on a home terminal, connected by phone to another system the hacker wants to enter.  The target system is usually protected by security designed to keep out unauthorized intruders, so the hacker often has to deduce or discover by tedious trial and error the secret passwords given to people authorized to use the system.

What made Mitnick "the best," said Steven Rhoades, a fellow hacker and friend, was his ability to talk people into giving him privilleged information.  He would call an official with a company he wanted to penetrate and say he was in the maintenance department and needed a computer password.  He was so convincing, they gave him the neccessary names or numbers, Rhoades said.

Rhoades said he and Mitnick broke into a North American Air Defense Command computer in Colorado Springs, CO in 1979.  The 1983 movie "Wargames" is based upon a similar incident, in which a young hacker nearly starts World War III when he sends a message to a defense computer that is mistaken for a Soviet missile attack.

But Rhoades said they did not interfere with any defense operations. "We just got in, looked around and got out," he said.

At the time he was getting interested in computers, Mitnick also developed a fascination for the telephone system, becoming what is known as a "phone phreak." In 1981, when he was just 17, Mitnick and three others were arrested for stealing manuals while pretending to be on a guided tour of Pacific Bell's computer center in Los Angeles, which controlled service and repair operations and other functions for Southern California's phone system.

He was prosecuted as a juvenile and placed on probation.  He violated it a short time later, however, by using USC computers. He was sent to a youth detention facility for six months, records show.

Pacific Bell officials refuse to talk about Mitnick.  But he eventually learned so much that he could create phone numbers, tap into telephone calls, and disconnect service without leaving a trace, according to DiCicco and Rhoades.  He did this, according to DiCicco, by impersonating phone company officials, or by playing certian tones over the phone to the Pacific Bell computer, which then carried out pre-programmed orders.

Ewen said Mitnick "had the ability to do anything the telephone company could do.  Our belief was, he could have taken the system down."

One thing he did repeatedly, according to authorities, was disconnect phone service to entertainers he admired, especially McNichol, then a star of the television show "Family."

Ridgeway said Mitnick once bragged to her that he had tampered with the credit records of FBI agents who investigated him.

"He had a very vindictive streak," she said. "A whole bunch of people were harassed.  They call me all the time."

Even friends were not safe.  Rhoades said he once picked up his phone at home and heard a recorded message telling him to "please deposit 25 cents."  DiCicco said he once found that all his company's calls were being forwarded to his home phone, a prank he was sure Mitnick was behind.

Mitnick met his wife two years ago in a class at Computer Learning Center in Los Angeles, where he was helping to write a security program to protect the school's computer system against hackers.  A message suddenly appeared on her computer screen asking for a date.  Auburn-haired and petite, she looked over at him, then typed, "Sure."

Chivalrous, he walked her to class and even carried her books.

Mitnick's attorney, Alan Rubin, said everything he can learn about his client shows him to be a decent, hard-working man.  "We have a picture of him that is so out of line with what the government is saying," he said, shaking his head.

In 1987, Mitnick broke into the systems of computer firms in Santa Cruz, authorities said.  He was so confident, he continued to enter The Santa Cruz Operation computers after officials there detected him and electronically sent him his own password, "hacker," so they could keep close watch on what he was doing.

The company agreed not to sue him if he would tell them how he had broken through the security, and Computer Services Manager Steph Marr said he flew down to Los Angeles to meet Mitnick.  Marr said he complimented Mitnick's abilities with a respectful greeting.

"Well met, well played," Marr said.  But Mitnick shrugged off the praise, the executive said.

"He sort of came across as I was not fully qualified to ask him these things."

Associates said Mitnick believed he was too clever to be caught. He had penetrated the DEC network in Massachusetts so effectively, DiCicco said, that he could read the personal electronic mail of security people working on the case of the mysterious hacker and discover just how close they were getting to him.

But caught he was, again and again, often by authorities tracing the long distance calls needed for an outsider to tie in to acomputer.  After each brush with authorities, however, the lure to return to hacking was too great to resist, according to his friends.  His mastery of the computer, after all, was his "source of self esteem," said Rhoades.

Friends say Mitnick thought of using his unusual abilities to make a living.  He and DiCicco were planning to start a business that would advise companies how to keep out hackers.

But strains developed in their relationship, according to DiCicco, when he tired of the "dark side" hacking.  He said he tried to get away from Mitnick, but his friend would search him out.

Mitnick began visiting DiCicco at night at Voluntary Plan Administrators (VPA), a Calabasas firm where DiCicco worked, to use the company's computers.  DiCicco said that when he grew sick of Mitnick's demands and finally turned him down, Mitnick called his boss, impersonated an IRS agent and said DiCicco was be investigated.

It was one malicious prank too many.  Confronted by his boss, DiCicco "spilled the beans," he said.

The FBI was called in and watched Mitnick's every move the day before his arrest, once recording him after he signed on the computer system at VPA.  Mitnick dialed into Digital and into a computer system in Leeds, England, according to DiCicco and law enforcement officials.  DiCicco said Mitnick talked British professors into giving him passwords and was already halfway into the system when he quit after six hours of hacking.

He had no second thoughts about turning in his former mentor. "He always thought he had his thumb on me," DiCicco said.

Friends said Mitnick did it all simply for the challenge, what one computer expert called finding "a worthy opponent."

The lack of a profit motive in Mitnick's hacking makes the move to hold him without bail repugnant to some defense attorneys. "It's crazy," said Leslie Abramson, president of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice in Los Angeles. 

"It speaks of the vast power of prosecutors."

But prosecutors say Mitnick is a new kind of criminal, one who can do as much harm with a computer terminal as a bank robber with a gun.  They say there is evidence he broke into the super-secret National Security Agency computers and that other federal charges could be filed soon.

In addition, county authorities are reviewing evidence against both Mitnick and DiCicco of a possible theft of computer software at Pierce College.

"There is a tendency to look on these things as pranks," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Stephen Plafker.

"Mitnick has got enough of a history now that we can look on him as being really dangerous."

Feds pull plug on most wanted computer hacker - February 17, 1995

Electronic Hunt nets Mitnick, 31 - From Corpus Cristi Caller Times

RALEIGH, N.C. - Federal authorities see him as the world's most wanted computer hacker. But to his former therapist, Kevin Mitnick is just "a sad,  lonely, angry, isolated boy" who spent more time with computers that people.

Culminating a search that began in November 1992, federal agents arrested Mitnick early Wednesday at his Raleigh apartment. Mitnick, who once broke into a top secret military defense system as a teen-age prank, allegedly pilfered thousands of data files and at least 20,000 credit card number, worming his way into ever the most sophisticated systems.

A detention hearing was scheduled for this morning before a federal magistrate. Mitnick, 31, was charged with computer fraud, punishable by 20 years in prison, and illegal use of a telephone access device, which carries a maximum 15-year sentence. Both crimes also are punishable by $250,000 fines.  In addition, he was wanted in California for allegedly violating probation on a previous hacing conviction.

"It was an intensive, two-week-long electronic manhunt that involved several dozen law enforcement agents around the country," Assistant U.S. Attorney Kent Walker in San Fransisco said Thursday.

But others pooh-poohed the depiction of Mitnick as the cyberthief to beat all cyberthieves. "That's what I see, a sad, lonely, angry, isolated boy," Harriet Rosetto, Mitnick's former therapist, told the Daily News of Los Angeles after learning of his arrest. "I don't think he's that important a person. I think he's become mythical," said said. "That he's become public enemy No. 1 is kind of laughable.

"I think that had he found a way to be accepted in the mainstream, he would have joined the mainstream," Rosetto said. "He already had this reputation as this Svengali character. Nobody wanted to go near him."

One of the first indicted under the Computer Security Act of 1987, Mitnick was convicted of getting into MCI telephone computers and accessing long-distance codes, and of causing $4 million damage to Digital Equipment Corp.

The $4 million actually represented computer down-time, not damage, said attorney Alan Rubin who defended Mitnick. But it was Mitnick's third conviction and he served one year in prison. At the 1989 sentencing, U.S. District Judge Mariana Pfaelzer ruled that Mitnick's hacing was an addiction, like drugs, alcohol or the junk food he lived on. She agreed that he was dangerous when armed with a computer and phone line, and ordered him to get therapy and go to prison.

In therapy, Mitnick lost 100 of his nearly 300 pounds and worked on his self-esteem, Rosetto said. Tom Perrine, who used to develop software to protect classified information for the federal government, said authorities are behind when it comes to computer hacking investigations.

And in the end, it took someone with the skills of Tsutomu Shimomura, a 30 year old computer security soecialist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, to help the federal agents track Mitnick. Shimomura's own computer at his California beach house, which was linked to the system at the center, was hit by the hacker on Christmas Day, said center spokeswoman Stephanie Sides.

Incensed, Shimomura canceled a ski vacation and assembled a team of computer experts to hunt down the intruder. They traced Mitnick to Netcom, a nationwide Internet access provider, and with the help of federally subpoenated phone records determined that he was placing calls from a cellular phone near Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Early Monday morning, Shimomura drove around Raleigh with a telephone company technician. They used a cellular frequency direction-finding antenna hooked to a laptop to narrow the search to an apartment complex. The FBI arrested Mitnick after a 24-hour stakeout.

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Issue #019

Call Forwarding Fun

Written On  January 15, 1995 - Last Revision on February 2, 1995

Ever think of the extreme fun you can have by being able to answer your next door neighbor's phone just as if it were your own? Well, now not only can you answer the next door neighbor's phone, you can answer anyone's phone in the entire United States. Any person, any business. You'll be using the phone company's call forwarding service.

Not only can you use call forwarding just to answer their phone and mess with people's minds, you can also:

o Forward their calls to an AT&T Alliance Teleconferencing number so you and your friends can enjoy hours of free conferencing at their expense.

 o Forward all their calls to a number in Australia to run up their phone bill really high.

 o Forward their calls to you to beat the Western Union security and wire yourself $2000

Ordering Call Forwarding:

It's easy to do, you simply call up the local phone company billing office and tell them you want call forwarding on your (your victim's) line. They'll set it up for you and sometimes charge $15.oo or so to hook it up but that's not your problem.

They'll tell you what day it'll go into effect and explain to you how to use  it and everything. The code used for forwarding will either be 72# or *72. At least that's how it's always been for me.

Using Call Forwarding Legally:

Let's say that we were going to use call forwarding legitimately. You call the phone company billing office and ask them for call forwarding. After it goes into effect, you decide that you want to forward all your calls to your friend a few blocks away because you're going over there to get drunk. You pick up your phone and dial "72#" which gives you a second dial tone. Then you dial your friend's house "428-9204" and he answers the phone. You say, "Yo, Adrian, I'm commin' over with the Busch and I forwarded my calls to your house." and he says, "Dude. Cool. Okay." and you both hang up. Now everyone that calls your house is going to get his house instead.

What if his line is busy or there's no answer because Adrian's out in the back yard setting things on fire? Hang up the phone and pick it up again. Dial "72#" and "428-9204" again. You'll get a dial tone and you hang up. Your calls are now all forwarded to his house.

Getting The Number Forwarded:

The thing about forwarding other people's calls is that you can't be in their house to do all this unless you're a breaking and entering type of person which I try not to be. My solution to that is to call them up and bullshit them a little bit and talk them into dialing the numbers for me. It's pretty easy.  Most people aren't familiar with call forwarding and even those that are fall for it.

HIM: Hello?

YOU: Hi, is this Rob Berry?

HIM: Yes?

YOU: Hi, this is Larry with Southwestern Bell repair. Have you been having some problems with your phone line lately? You know, dialing out, receiving strange phone calls, the phone getting up and dancing around on the desk, that kind of thing?

HIM: Uh, no, uh...well, not that I'm aware of.

YOU: Well, we've been checking on your lines because our computers show that you've been having problems dialing out from your house.

At this point you just keep bullshitting him for a few seconds but don't draw it out too long. (The longer you talk, the better chance you have at making a mistake and making him skeptical of you.) End your conversation like this.

YOU: Sir, would you mind calling up our residential office here in St. Louis so the repair center can run a test for you on your line and tell you if there's still a problem? This will save you the cost of having to have a truck sent out to your house.

HIM: Sure, I can do that. (Anything to save a buck...Cheapskate.)

YOU: I'm going to give you the number here for the office in Wood River...Have you got a pen? ...Okay, dial 72 Pound sign...254-9723. Got that?

HIM: 72#-254-9723?

YOU: Yeah, be sure to dial the 72# first so we'll be able to run the test on your line. That way, they'll be able to tell you at the office if your line's doing okay.

HIM: Alright, well, I'll give them a call.

YOU: Okay, you'll probably want to call right away because the office will be closing any time now.

You now exchange hearty farewells with this good man and hang up, eagerly awaiting his phone call back to you. Note that 254-9723 is the pay phone at the donut shop where you're standing. As soon as he calls you, all his calls will automatically be forwarded to this pay phone. If someone wants to use the phone while you're waiting for him to call, tell them to fuck off and that there's a phone over at Wal-Greens they can use. Watch their stunned face. (Either that or they'll beat the shit outof you!)

Your eyes light up as your pay phone rings. You answer in a totally different voice. (Or you have your friend answer if you have any friends.)

YOU: Residential repair, Wood River. May I help you?

HIM: (Explains this situation to you about this myterious problem on his line that he knows nothing about.)

YOU: Okay, could I have your area code and phone number, please?

HIM: 618-692-9717

YOU: Okay, um....alright did you dial the code 72# before you called me.

HIM: Yes, I did. I'm very gullible.

YOU: Okay, let me check this out......(Mutter to yourself, pretend to type, pretend that you're wearing an expensive suit) Okay, I'm showing that we had some problems on your line but they all seem to have been taken care of yesterday morning. You shouldn't have anymore trouble there.

Like I said, you don't have to be at the pay phone. But remember, if nobody answers the pay phone that he's trying to call, it won't work unless he hangs up and tries again so if you're not there, say something to him like, "If there's no answer on the first try, just hang up and try again." Here's the plot I usually use to trick 7-Elevens and similar stores.

YOU: "Hi, this is Bob from the Visa Credit Card Company. We didn't get your batch reports from the computer tonight, is there some kind of problem there?"

HIM: "Uhhhhhhhhhh........what?

YOU: (Try to speak on a third-grade level and make him understand.) "Your computer was supposed to call us and send us your daily reports for your credit card machine there. We haven't got the reports today."

HIM: "Oh.........So what do you want?"

YOU: "Has your manager showed you how to send them in manually?"

HIM: "No."

YOU: "Okay, can you get a piece of paper and a pen so I can give you a number to write down?"

HIM: "Alright, hold on..." (Meanwhile, he's looking for a pen and lighting another Marlboro cigarette.) "...Okay, here's one."

YOU: "Okay, write down this number...72#-254©9723" (Be sure to speak slowly so he'll understand.)

HIM: "So I just dial this number?"

YOU: "Yeah, just dial that number and we'll get our reports. Be sure to do it right away so I can get done here and go home. And if it's busy, try it again and it should go through."

HIM: "Uhhhhhhhh....okay."

Hang up with him and wait for his call at the pay phone you're standing at. When it rings, answer, "Visa Batch Report Dudes. Is this Mr. Gullible Night Man?" or some other real-sounding greeting. Be sensitive to the night man's feelings and get rid of him as quickly as possible. After you hang up, all 7-Eleven's calls are forwarded to your pay phone and will be until the manager of the store finally figures out what is going on. (In other words, next year.)

Beige Boxing:

If your victim is just too damn smart and won't fall for your phone company schemes, your only choice is to do it yourself by plugging in your own telephone into the box on the outside of his house.

It's best to wait until really late at night when your victim is asleep. Visit his house first in the day time to case the joint, looking for the best places to hide, escape routes, etc, just in case somebody sees you and you have to haul ass. Also find out where his little phone box is on his house.

Bring your own telephone, a flathead screwdriver and a flashlight. Most houses have the new boxes where you simply open the box with the flathead screwdriver and plug your modular phone right it. If it's an older box you're going to have to chop the modular plug off your phone and replace it with some roach clips that you can clip into his line.

When you get into his line, try dialing an ANI number first to make sure that it's really his number. After you're sure, dial 72# and the number you want to forward his calls to. Close the box and go home!

Remote Call Forwarding:

I experimented with this feature in Indiana and it came in really handy. It works the exact same way except you don't have to forward the calls from their house, instead you can do it from any phone in the world. When you order Remote Call Forwarding from the billing office, the operator will give you the Remote Access Number and a personal pin number which you use to change the forwarding number.

For some reason, the phone companies don't think that it's a bad idea to just hand out pin numbers over the phone. So you call the Remote Access Number and it guides you through the system and asks you where you'd like your calls forwarded to. You're allowed to enter any area code and number. This means that you can't forward their calls to an Alliance number, 900 number or anything overseas.

So you're limited a little bit here, but it's still nicer to have and you can turn it off when they get home so they won't notice anything funny until the end of the month when they get their phone bill. (Unless you've forwarded their bill somewhere else.)

So call the billing office and ask them if they offer the remote call forwarding service. Another service to look for is Call Forwarding Busy. This service forwards your calls only when your line is busy.

Miscellaenous Notes:

When you forward someone's number and somebody calls that number, the person will hear a quick half-ring on their phone and then the call will be forwarded to wherever. This is to let them know that their calls are forwarded but usually only drives the owner of the phone crazy because they think someone is just calling them and hanging up.

To put their calls back to normal, you'd have to dial 73# (or *73) from their house or on the Remote Access Number. You can't call them and bullshit them into doing it because when you call them, you'll be reaching wherever you forwarded their calls.

People who find all their calls forwarded and somebody fucking with the people that call them usually don't seem to be too terribly happy when they get the phone bill. I can't figure out why.

Alliance Teleconferencing:

You can also use the forwarding trick and forward all of someone's phone calls to an AT&T Alliance number. These numbers offer teleconferencing for up to fifteen of your friends and the person who's phone you've forwarded get's stuck with the bill. Keep in mind, though, that when the person get's their phone bill, every number you dialed in Alliance is going to show up on the bill.

I have a very small list of Alliance numbers here. They all basically do the same thing and I've heard that different locations have different options and features, but you use them all pretty much the same way. 

      0-700-456-1000 Finds an open service to use.

      0-700-456-1001 Reno, NY

      0-700-456-1002 Chicago, IL

      0-700-456-1003 White Plains, NY

      0-700-456-1004 Dallas, TX

It doesn't really matter which one you want to use. I've always stuck with the Chicago number because it's the closest to me and it never seems to be busy. When you call to get your victim to forward his calls, you have to make sure he goes through the AT&T carrier so if he's not an AT&T subscriber, the number you would have him dial would be: 72#-10288-0-700-456-1002. To use the service after that, just call up your victim's house. You'll be connected to Alliance and he'll get the bill for it next month.

Once you've connected to the number, you'll hear a mind-piercing beep noise. An automated voice will ask you how many people you wish to have on the conference. On Chicago, 15 people is the max. If you ask for more than 15 people, the automated voice refers you to a different number.

The automated voice will tell you to dial your first number. Dial it in the fashion "1-xxx-xxx-xxxx" and you'll hear it ringing. After they answer, tell them what's going on and press the "#" key to add them to the conference.

That person will now be on a silent line since he's the first person you called. If you need to talk to him press "#" to go into the conference. To get back to the menu, press "#" again.

To add more people just repeat the same process over and over. After they answer the phone, press "#" to send them into the conference. When you want to stop adding people and join the conference yourself, press "#". To add more people, press "#" again. If the number you dial is busy, a wrong number, no answer or they don't want to talk on the conference, press "*" to disconnect them.

Fun Things To Do In Alliance:

If the phone you're calling from has 3-way calling on it, you can do the forwarding trick twice, call up two seperate Alliance numbers and you'll be able to have 30 people on at once instead of just 15. Believe me, though, 15 people is enough.

Call up Domino's Pizza or Pizza Hut. Have everyone join in and try to order a pizza all at once. Have everyone argue about the toppings, size and where it's to be sent to. The pizza man usually get flustered and just hangs up but it's good for a few laughs.

Call The White House and mess with them for awhile. Remember, if they trace the call, they'll only trace it to 7-Eleven or wherever you forwarded the calls from. You'll probably read in the paper the next morning about a clerk being arrested for espionage.

Dial numbers out of the phone book at random and just fuck with people.  Harrassing phone calls can be so much more fun when there's 15 people on the line. Remember, though, after you've added someone to the conference, there is no way you can get rid of them unless they hang up their phone. So if you make a prank phone call to someone, remember, they can stay on and listen in as long as they want.

The only way to throw them off is to hang up your phone and start all over or you can hit "#" and "0" to get an operator to kick them off. A way to avoid this, though, is have someone on the conference dial the victim's phone number on their 3-way calling rather than going through Alliance or use your own 3-way calling. Then you can hang up whenever you want to.

Dial a lot of overseas numbers and see who you can reach. You'll wake up a lot of people who are always startled to hear 15 people on their phone at once.

Add someone to the conference and ignore them. Make them think that none of you can hear them saying, "Hello? Helloooo? Who is this? Hello?"

Dial a number at random and when they answer, have everyone join in a chorus of "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne or any popular song and see if the person you called will join in with you. For best results try the theme song to "The Flintstones" or "The Brady Bunch".

Call about apartments for rent and tell them that all 15 of you are moving in.

Pretend to be trapped in a phone booth with all these people.

Miscellenous Fun Calls:

Here's a few ideas for you when you forward someone's number. These ideas are both from experience and just things I've been wanting to do for a long time. You know that annoying recording you get when you call a movie theater? On a Friday or Saturday evening, forward all the calls going to that recording line to your pay phone so when people call the recording to find out what's showing, they get you instead. This is probably the funnest thing to do with call forwarding. On weekend nights, the recording line is ringing off the hook.  After you've forwarded the Quad Cinema's line, pick one of these greetings when  you answer the phone...

 1 "Quad Cinema, what the FUCK DO YOU WANT CALLING HERE!?"

 2 "Quad Cinema, this had better be good. I'm busy."

 3 "Quad Cinema, whadaya need?

 4 "I suppose you're wanting to know what movies are playin'?"

 5 "Thank you so much for calling the Quad Cinema on this beautiful, extraordinary Tuesday evening, this is Bob speaking how may I be of assisstance, oh mighty, faithful, godlike potential patron of my establishment."

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions...

T:"Are you open tonight?"

U:"Are we open tonight? That's probably the stupidest question I've ever heard.   It's Friday night of COURSE we're open. You think I just sit here all night answering the phone for dumbfucks like you while we're closed?"

T:"What movies are playing there?"

U:"What, you don't own a paper? Can't you go out and BUY a newspaper to find out what's playing? Why don't you go next door and borrow your neighbor's paper? Maybe you could have called the recording line instead of calling me?"

T:"Do you have senior citizens discounts?"

U:"How old are you?...68?...Geez, lady, you're OLD. You have one foot in the grave, don't ya? Actually, you sound older than 68. I'd guess 93 by the sound of your voice. Why do you want a senior discount? Are you on welfare and can't afford the extra two bucks admission or what? Or maybe you're savin' up for plastic surgery to get rid of those disgusting wrinkles all over your body."

T:"What rating is that movie?"

U:"It's rated NC-8. You have to be at least eight years old to see it because  it has lots of nudity and violence in it."

Tired of being a rude person? Try being a stupid person instead. This pisses people off even more than when you're rude.

T:"Yeah, what's playing there tonight?"

U:"I dunno."

T:"Isn't this the movie theater?"

U:"Yeah."

T:"So what movies do you have."

U:"Oh, you know...that one cop movie with the guy in it and that girl..."

T:"What are the prices of your tickets?"

U:"Beats me, you're askin' the wrong person."

T:"Is there someone there who can tell me?"

U:"Naw, I'm the only one here right now, they're all busy. I just come here on Friday and Saturday nights to answer the phone so the ticket lady doesn't have to."

T:"Don't you have a list or something there of what's playing?"

U:"Yeah, I got one at home but I forgot bring it with me tonight. You can call tomorrow and I'll probably have it. You can't expect me to memorize all that stuff."

T:"Could I speak to your manager?"

U:"He's workin' concession right now. If you wanna hold for about 20 minutes I can go fetch him."

Okay, now try being polite and giving off the wall, incorrect information. What really throws people off is when you tell them you're showing a sneak preview of a movie that doesn't exist that they'll really want to see like, "Home Alone 5" or"Silence Of The Lambs 2" or "Terminator 3." I can just picture the little girl's disappointment when she arrives at the theater all happy and then finds out that there really isn't a "Home Alone 3." Poor kid.

And then there's movies that have strange names that don't exist like, "Home Alone 3: Lost in Wazoo Coounty, Alabama" or "Bill & Ted's Homosexual Adventure (ratedXXX)" or perhaps "Snail." You know, that new documentary movie on the mating habits of Snails. A great movie for children to see.

T:"What's playing tonight?"

U:"Oh, I'm sorry, we had to close the theater down."

T:"Close it down?"

U:"Yeah, it was demolished by mistake. They were supposed to knock down the building next door but they accidentally got the adresses mixed up and tore down the theater instead. We were all devistated."

T:"What's showing tonight?"

U:"We have Debbie Does Des Moines and Backdoor Bonanza part III."

T:"Aren't those pornos?"

U:"Well, yeah, of course. Didn't you hear about the hostile takeover? We're strictly a porno theater now but we WILL let your children in as long as you accompany them in inside. You know, we still want to promote that family image."

Lemme tell ya, the customers' reactions are hilarious when you treat them this way. You might want to lug a video camera to the theater's lobby and tape all the angry people who drive there to yell at the manager. Here's a few ideas for forwarding a pizza place.

 1 "Domino's Pizza, would you like to try our special tonight, Froot Loop Pizza? If you order two of them you get a free 2 liter of milk!"

 2 "(Sing the lastest pizza jingle.)"

 3 "Hello?....Huh?....Who is this, I was sleeping. It's almost 8:30, you know! Listen here, punk. I HAVE fucking CALLER I.D. and I'll KILL you if you call me again!!!"

U:"Domino's, may I help you?"

T:"Yeah, I'd like a large mushroom pizza."

U:"Oh, we're out of pizzas tonight, sir."

T:"Out of pizzas?"

U:"Yes, sir. We can still deliver you a Pepsi, though. Would you like a Pepsi tonight?  We're having a special."

U:"UPS, may I help you?"

T:"I thought this was Pizza Hut."

U:"Oh, it is, but we had a hostile takeover last week by the United Parcel Service so I have to answer the phone, 'UPS' now."

T:"You were bought out by UPS?"

U:"Yes, but we still offer the same quality service as ever and we deliver our pizzas in big, brown UPS trucks for fast, dependable service you can count on."

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You!

512-370-4680 PLA Voice Mailbox                      

512-851-8317 Sonic Youth Systems

And PLEASE Don't Pay For Your Fone Calls!


Issue #020

Information Gathering On Anyone

Written On March 20, 1993 - Last Revision on February 12, 1995

This file will contain just about every way there is that I know of and have used to gather information on an individual. Also included throughout the file are samples of conversations you would use to get what you want. Most methods I've outlined here are completely annonymous and over the phone.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

                         

1.  Residential Billing Office

2.  Finding Out Info With Address (Library Methods)

3.  Using Radio Shack as a CNA

4.  Pretend To Be An Ameritech Recording

5.  Pretend To Be A Manager

6.  Become An Activist

7.  Answering Machine Hacking

8.  Impersonating The IRS

9.  Getting Copies Of Their Phone Bill

10. Finding Out What Their Number Is After They Changed It

11. Getting His New Number From ANI

       

Residential Billing Office:

Method one is called the phone company's Residential Billing Office which is the place you call up when you want to make changes in your phone service or to have a new phone service installed. When you get a phone service installed, you give them all kinds of useful information like your full name, address, where you work, your birthdate, social security number, etc.      

You also give them the name of a friend or relative who they can contact in case they need to get in touch with you and so the long distance companies can call them everyday and beg them to sign up for their service. Is what I do to get all of this info on anyone I want is call up the residential office and pose as the owner of the phone wanting to make a change in my service. Of course, I cancel the change a few hours later so no one will ever know I was there. And it rarely fails to work for me. You can even get someone's private second number using this method.

When you call the office and say you want to make a change in your service, they immediately ask you for your phone number. When they type in your number they see on their computer screens a whole page of information on you. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if they knew my dog's name. They'll usually say something like, "Okay, and you are Rich?" Presto! You now have their first name.

If they don't give you the name right away, ask for it. Say you're not sure who's on the bill now because you have so many roommates that live with you. They never fail to tell you.

Problems With This Method:

I've only found two problems with this method. One would be a paranoid gimp such as Darin McCall. If a person suspects someone is fooling around with his phone line and trying to make changes he can call up the residential office and ask them to password protect his line. This means that anyone who wants to do anything with his line including finding out any kind of information would have to tell the residential operator this password.

One way to get around this is to call your victim and pretend to be with the phone company, saying there's been some unusual activity on their account, etc, etc, and ask them what their password is. Another way I've gotten away with is to call the billing office and say I'd like to change my password. They ask for my number and then ask what I'd like my new password to be, forgetting to ask me what my current is. This has worked twice for me.

The second problem is people like me who give false information when they hook up their phone. When I got my phone service, I gave them a fake last name, a fake social security number, a billing address at a post office box and tell them I work for a bank or something like that. (That'll be the day.) Most people don't give the phone company false information because they really have no reason to. So don't rely on the information you gather 100%. There's a small chance that it could be bogus. (Very small!)

Sample Conversations:

Now I'll type out some sample conversations that I've had with the billing operators to show you how it's done, some problems you run in to and how to cover them up.

Dialing 800-244-4444...ring...ring...ring...

After selecting the correct information on their automated introduction, I'm connected with a live operator who has a terrible hangover from a bell party she went to last night...

HER:  Residential Billing, this is Sheila. May I help you?

YOU:  Naw, I was just calling for my health. I need to make a change in my service. I want call forwarding.

HER:  Okay, could I have your complete phone number?

YOU:  Sure, it's 618-797-2339. Do you want me to spell it?  (Note, I'm exaggerating the sarcasm just a tad bit.)

HER:  Okay...(type type type!)...Alright and who am I speaking to?

YOU:  Uhhh, this is Scott.

HER:  That's funny, I have a Robert as the billing name.

YOU:  Oh, him. That's my roommate. Robert Dawson, right?

HER:  No, Robert Coyner.

YOU:  Oh, yeah, him. We have two Roberts living here.

HER:  Okay, I see. (gives me a fake bell-type laugh.)

See how easy that is? Now the conversation would go on with her trying to sell you the special rate you get when you order three services or more. NEVER hang up as soon as you get the information. Always finish out the conversation and then call back later that day and cencel the service you ordered. Or you could do something like this...

HER:  Okay, we'll have call forwarding hooked up for you this Tuesday morning and the hook up fee will be a one-time charge of $15.65. Would you like that billed to you all at once or in payments?

YOU:  Oh, goodness gracious heavens to betsy! (Sounding shocked) That's a lot of money. I had no idea it would cost me that much. Maybe I should wait until Robert gets home and ask him if it's okay to pay that much since he is the one who pays the bill. He's my sugar daddy, you see. Could you take my order off and I'll have him call back this evening?

HER:  Sure, Scott, no problem. (I hear her scratching her underarm in the background.) Will there be anything else for you then?

YOU:  No, I think you've done just about enough for me today. (smirking)

HER:  Alright, well you have a really nice day.

YOU:  And you have a cheesy evening. Happy Haunaka.

So now you've got the name. It's Robert Coyner. So you call up the billing office again and of course you get a totally different operator. I have called them many times and never get the same operator more than once. Kind of like lightning never striking twice in the same place.

YOU:  Hi, this is Robert and I want to make some changes in my service.

HER:  Okay, could I have your billing number?

YOU:  No...Just kidding! It's 618-797-2339.

I won't go into detail on this. Just order call forwarding again and near the end of the conversation say...

YOU:  Oh, by the way I'm employed by a different company now. Do you want to put the new one in there?

HER:  (Surprised because no one ever asks this.) Oh, sure! Where do you work now?

YOU:  (Proudly) I'm a garbage man for the city of Roxana. (Wiping a tear from my eye.) Is my old job at 7-Eleven still listed in there?

HER:  No, we still have you listed as the assistant manager of K-Mart.

YOU:  Yeah, that's where I worked at before I went for my career as a stock boy at the supermarket.

Presto, you now know where they worked when they installed their phone service. Of course, they could have changed jobs by now but at least you have something. You want the social security number? Well, on a totally different call you do basically the same thing.

YOU:  Oh, by the way, I finally found my social security number. Do you want me to give that to you?

HER:  (Confused) What are you talking about? We have your social security number right here in the computer.

YOU:  Well, that's strange. When I applied for my service, I couldn't find my social security card and never gave it to them. Maybe my wife called and gave it to you. What number do you have there?

HER:  341-69-3926

YOU:  Hmmm, well that's my number. My wife must have called already. That bitch, I'm going to have to beat her when she gets home.

Just don't forget to call back and cancel the services you've ordered after a few hours. (Or right away, it doesn't matter.) A word to the wise, if you're planning to make some harrassing changes in their service, don't do it from your home phone. This IS an 800 number and they can find out where the call is comming from if they need to. This happened to me when I canceled a former boss's phone service. My district manager confronted me saying that the call had come from my work phone. (Where I had made the call from.)

The Public Library:

Every library has what is called a criss-cross directory, usually published by Haines or Cole's. This book will list every listed phone number in order. You simply find the phone number you're looking for and if it's listed, the name and address will be next to it.

Another method of searching is by address. All the addresses in the city are also listed in order so you can look someone up by their address. To get the information you need, call the library and just tell them what you need and they're usually happy to give it to you. Just remember, when you make Conan the Librarian jokes, the lady gets pissed off.

Also, you can go into the library and ask to look at the directory. When she gives it to you, sneak off to a secluded isle and shove the book in your jacket and haul ass. This is a handy book to own.

Using Radio Shack As A CNA:

This may sound crazy, but I swear it has worked for me. Again, you have somebody's phone number but you don't have their address or their name. If it's late in the day and the phone company's billing office has already closed down for the day, Radio Shack is always open until 9:00!

A few years ago, Radio Shack got was using those old fashioned digital cash registers to ring up sales and using their TRS-80 color computer to send in the nightly reports to Fort Worth, TX. Finally, they decide to go high tech like all the other low income electronic stores and do everything on a computer. And everyone who shops there are probably familiar with the salesman asking you, "Could I have the last four digits of your phone number?"

When you give them these four numbers, they get a small list of maybe two or three names who have those four digits for their phone number. This is where we come in with a phone call to their store...

BOB:  Thank you for calling Radio Shack, Amierica's Technology store. You've got questions? We've got answers! This is Bob, how may I help you this evening. (I wonder if they could make that introduction any longer?)

YOU:  Hi, Bob. This is Frank from Radio Shack #1365 here at St. Louis Center. I just had a kid come in here and get a refund for something he bought yesterday and after he left I took the thing apart and the whole inside is missing from it.

BOB:  (In astonishment) You're kidding...

YOU:  Nope, all I got here is the casing to a $250 police scanner. Now he gave me his real phone number and he lives there in your area and I need you to type the digits 3902 and see what you come up with there.

BOB:  (Typing)...I have three listings here.

YOU:  Okay, could you read off all three names? I'm going to find out which one of them is him and call up the police.

It's that easy. If the person you're looking for has shopped at that Radio Shack store in the last year, you've probably got his name and address now.  If that store didn't work, try another one. And another, and another, and another until you find one that he's shopped at. Everyone shops at Radio Shack SOMEtime. Remember, the name you have could be someone else that lives with him, but at least you've got a start.

Pretend To Be The Ameritech Recording:

This one works especially well with elderly people. You call up the number you have and pretend to be the Phone Directory's automated system. Here's what you say after they answer:

(In a clear and distinguished voice) Hello! This is the Illinois Bell Ameritech automated address and phone number system. To ensure that your information appears correctly in the 1995 edition of the phone book, please state your Name, Address, City and phone number after the tone. If you wish to remain unlisted this year, please say so after stating your information. Thank you for choosing Illinois Bell...  (beep!)

A non-touch tone beep can be generated by pressing the 1 and 2 buttons on your phone at the exact same time unless you have a generic telephone. Most people will state their information but there are those who are skeptical and will just hang up. If you want, be persistant and keep calling them.

After they give you their information, you can mess with their minds if you want to by saying things like, "Thank you! Now please state your Visa card number...okay, now state your bra size...What color is your phone...What color is your toilet...Please state your lover's name..."

Pretend To Be A Manager:

If you know of a place where your victim has worked or is working you can call up their employer and squeeze a little information out of him. The conversation would go something like this:

(In this example you're calling McDonald's)

MCDS: (Cheery girl) McDonald's, may I help you?

 YOU: Yeah, put your boss on the phone, you little tramp!

MCDS: (Still cheery) Thank you, please hold on...

 YOU: (Waits for her to go fetch the manager from flipping burgers.)

MCDS: Hi, this is Manager Jerry speaking. (Who's he trying to impress??)

 YOU: Hi, Jerry, this is Walter from Blockbuster Video rentals in Belleville. I'm doing a reference check on a John Light you had working there. I need to know the dates of his hire and termination and I need to know whether he was fired or if he quit.

MCDS: Okay, hold on just one second...(He digs through that highly sophisticated filing system that only a McDonald's manager could devise. He finds John's files mixed in with a box of hairnets.)

MCDS: Here it is. I have John hired on July of 1992 and he quit on August of 1992. (How long do you expect someone to last at a place like that?)

 YOU: And he quit? He wasn't fired?

MCDS: No, he quit. But he was a dandy little worker, he was.

 YOU: Okay, that's all I really needed to know. Oh, by the way, would you happen to have his phone number there on his application? It looks like he forgot to write his down here.

MCDS: Uh, sure. It's 254-4016.

 YOU: Boy, are you dumb. I'm just some kid trying to get this guy's phone number. Have a nice future at McDonald's, you twit. (Hangs up.)

So maybe I didn't say that last part, but I have tried this twice now, once at Long John Silver's and at McDonald's and it worked both times. I think asking for his phone number just kind of catches the guy off guard and he rattles it off with no hesitation. If it doesn't work one place, try another place he worked at. You might also try getting a social security number like this. You could probably do the same thing for other information such as him social security number and his underwear size.

Be An Activist:

You only have their address and the library won't give you any information you need so your only choice is to become an activist and start a petition. Get a clipboard, paper and a pen. Quickly write up a petition to save something worthwhile like, "We the undersigned, are petitioning against the city's decision to tear down our local grade school and turn it into a landfill." Make up a whole bunch of names and sign them to your petition. Get about 25 names to make it look legitimate.

Now go up to the guy's door and knock. When he answers have a prepared speech ready about what you're petitioning against and convince him to sign it too. Be really friendly and outgoing with him so he'll like you and want to help you out. You might also ask him to include his phone number after he's signed his name so you can contact him about other local situations that might affect him. Who knows, he could fall for that one.  Assuming you can decipher his adult signature, you now know who lives there.

Answering Machine Hacking:

The answering machines that let you call in remotely and retrieve your messages are very commonplace these days. The owner of the machine can simply call his own house from the office and punch in a small code to listen to his messages. For us, it's a guaranteed lode of information. Their messages can contain all sorts of useful information such as phone numbers to close friends and relatives, when they'll be out of town, who their doctor is, where they work, just about anything. When someone leaves a message they assume that only the person they're leaving it for will hear it. Fools.

Usually the code is only two digits long and very easy to break. On one brand of machine the code is only one digit long and on some it can be three. Wait until their not home and start working on their machine. Call their house and after the tone start hitting random numbers to see if you can break the code.  Here are some helpful guidelines:

 o A standard feature on a lot of brands of machines lets you not have to listen to their outgoing message everytime you call. If you get sick of the outgoing message try pressing "*" and sometimes that will bring you directly to the beep.

 o Some machines only give you a certian amount of time to press in the security code so if you're not quick enough it'll hang up on you. Call back and try again.

 o Other machines want you to press and hold the numbers of the code for about one second. So start from "1" and work your way up until you either hit the code right or it takes too long and hangs up on you.

When you're trying codes try every number once and then do the same thing again over and over until you've hit the right number. Most answering machines are just looking for those right two numbers and don't care what else you're hitting.

After you've finally got it, keep calling back and use the process of elimination to narrow your way to their code. Let's say that when you hit "123456" it lets you in. Next time you call, try "12345" and see if you still get in. If you do, try "1234" and so on until you eliminate your way down to their two or three number code.  You'll know when you've broken in when it starts giving you weird beeping noises.

After you've figured out their code, sometimes you have to dial one more number to hear the messages. Most of the time the machine will automatically play the messages after you put in the security code but on some you have to dial number "1" or something like that. Not really that hard to figure out.

For the more malicious people out there, you can do more than just listen to their messages, a lot of machines will let you change the outgoing message, erase all the messages and monitor all the sounds in their house. Of course, when you start fucking around with them, they know you're there and the whole purpose is defeated.

Now that you've figured out their code, you want to call every day that you can and take notes of all the messages that you hear. Even the small things could mean something to you one of these days so write down every name and phone number that's put on there. Write down all the personal information you hear because you never know what you'll be able to use in the future.

Try to make sure you're not erasing his messages every time you call or he'll start to wonder why he never gets messages anymore. Sometimes an answering machine will automatically erase the messages after you've listened to them remotely unless you put in a code afterwards.

This Is The IRS, Pal.

Recently, I called up a few hospitals where someone I knew worked and I neede a little information on him. I was amazed at how easily they give out information when they think you work for the IRS. I was able to get his social security number, phone number, home address and they even told me where else had wrote down that he worked at in the past.

Call up the place where he works. If it's a bigger type business such as a hospital or the White House, ask for the personell department.

HER:  Yes, this is Sherry, may I help you?

YOU:  Hi, Sherry, this is John from the IRS. We've been investigating an employee we think is working there for you. Could you tell us if there's a Beavis Martin working there?

HER:  Just a second......Yes, he's working here.

YOU:  Okay, do you have a fax machine there where you could fax me his job application and tax forms?

HER:  No, we don't have a fax machine.

YOU:  Could I just get a little inforamtion over the phone then?

HER:  Sure.

If it's a little business like a video store or something, they usually won't have a fax machine so you have nothing to worry about. If it's a bigger business they might have them so you wouldn't want to ask them that unless you have a fax machine where you can recieve the fax. Or you could always have them fax the papers to a local copy shop where you can pick them up. (Wait a second, I think I'm repeating myself here...)

Ask the lady what social security number he put down explaining that he has been known in the past to write down bogus numbers to avoid paying taxes. Ask what his phone numbers is, and anything else you feel would be useful for you. Tell her that this whole thing is strictly hush-hush and that she shouldn't mention to Beavis that you're investigating him. This will really lower her opinion of her employee, knowing that he's into tax fraud.

Getting a Copy of Their Phone Bill:

First of all, you need an address where the phone company can send their bill to. You don't want to use your own address as that would be really stupid of you. Get a bogus p.o. box, vacant house, or fill out a change of address card and forward mail going to a certian address in his name to you.

Call the residential billing office and explain to them that you want all your future phone bills to be sent to a p.o. box instead of your home from now on. She'll gladly make that change and his next phone bills will start arriving at the new p.o. box.

Now you want to get copies of their past phone bills. Call up the residential office again and tell them that the company you work for has agreed to reimburse you for all the company-related calls you've made from your home in the last four months but you've thrown all your phone bills away. Ask them if they can mail you your last four or five phone bills. They can and they will.

Now in two weeks you'll recieve copies of his phone bills from the last four months and be able to see all the long distance calls he makes. After you get the bills you'll want to call the residential office again and change his billing address back to how it was so he won't know anything ever happened.

Another thing to do if you want to continue recieving his phone bills and don't really care if he knows is to call the billing office and tell them on your next phone bill you want a list of every local number that was dialed so you can "see why your kid's making so many phone calls". My dad did that to me once and there was about fifty pages of bulletin boards I'd called, not to mention third number billed calls.

Knowing what he calls locally will help you out a lot. You'll be able to see exactly what he and his family calls, who his friends are, their may be some personal numbers in there that he calls, etc. You can also see if he's the type of person to call phone sex alot.

One more thing, if you'd like to get a new calling card number, since you now recieve his phone bills, you can order a calling card for yourself and you'll recieve it just like you do his phone bill.

Finding Out His Number When He Changes It:

Let's say our man is fed up with us. He's tired of having his boss question him about tax evasion, tired of having his phone bill messed with, tired of people playing on his answering machine, and tired of petitioners comming to his door all the time. He decides to pay the $90 to have his phone number changed to an unlisted number.

Ha!, you think. He's just wasted $90 because I'm going to get his new number. If you've been watching this guy closely you'll know who his best friends are and who his relatives are. You know exactly who calls him alot because you've been monitoring his answering machine for two months now. Maybe it's his poor mother across town or maybe it's his best friend that you'll pick, it doesn't really matter.

Now it's very simple. Let's say you pick his mom and dad's house. Call the phone company's billing office and pretend to be the dad or have a girlfriend pretend to be the mom. You'll be doing basically what you did to get copies of his phone bill but this time you're going to get copies of his parents phone bill. First, tell the billing office you want every local number accounted for on your bill. Then call them back later and change their billing address to your p.o. box.

Now just to make sure that they're going to call thier son, you can call them and leave messages on their machine saying that you're their son and to call him when they get in, it's important. Even if his parents can tell that you're not really him, they'll probably call him and tell him what happened.

At the end of the month, you'll get their bill which will have every locally called number on it which will include their son's new phone number. Call up their son and say, "Ha ha! You can't hide from me!" Read in the paper the next morning about how he committed suicide by hanging himself with his telephone cord.

Oh, and while you're at it, doesn't mom and dad need some new calling cards?

Getting His New Number From ANI:

Otherwise known as Automatic Number Identification. This means that in the middle of the night you go to his house, open his phone box, plug in your phone and dial the ANI number which will read off his new number to you. You could also call up a friend that has Caller I.D. The best ANI I know of is 1-800-MY-ANI-IS.

Just make sure to be really quiet out in his back yard and watch out for those motion sensor lights that everyone has these days. Those things will be the death of people like me.

If you have any additions or comments about this file, please contact me.

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You!

512-370-4680 PLA Voice Mailbox                      

512-851-8317 Sonic Youth Systems

512-883-7543 PLA WHQ Texas Line

618-797-2339 PLA WHQ Illinois Line

And PLEASE Don't Pay For Your Fone Calls!


Issue #021

The Official Job Application To Join The PLA

Written On  February 19, 1995 - Last Revision on March 28, 1995

So...you want to be a PLA member? Well, here's your chance to finally make a dream come true. Complete the following application, send it in and you're on your way to fame, fortune and police raids.

Initiation:

First of all, you have to prove that you're PLA material. You must complete the following stunts and have proof that you've actually done these things. Proof can be photographs, copies of police reports, video tapes of nightly news documenting your stunt(s) and/or newpaper clippings.

1. Kidnap and sexually assault at least twelve employees of Bell, AT&T or GTE.

2. Construct a working pay phone key and clean out all pay phones in the city and mail all of the money to me.

3. Get a hand written note from Kevin Mitnick telling you to leave him the hell alone. (...)

4. Must harrass a voicemail company and their customers to the point of putting them totally out of business.

5. Find a telco box, paint it red, piss on it and take a picture of it.

PLA Characteristics:

Members of the PLA must have certain characteristics and must be able to do certain things that make them a true Phone Loser. If you're missing one or more of the following traits, please don't pursue this application any further and come back when you're worthy.

1. You must be able to make a phone ring with the wave of your hand.

2. You have to have codes flying out of your ass backwards.

3. If phone company security ever decides to investigate you, you have to make them wish they had never started by ruining their life.

4. You must be able to hassal Chris Tomkinson in your sleep.

5. Checks from the AT&T Refund Center in Jacksonville, Florida should be arriving at your house by the crateloads.

6. On an average day, you spend at least two hours cooped up in a phone booth, dialing random numbers around the world, harrassing people for fun.

7. You must be able to construct a red box blindfolded and with your hands tied behind your back.

8. Have the entire script to the movie "Wargames" memorized. (Who doesn't??)

Test:

Finally, here's the Phone Loser test. Answer all questions to the best of your knowledge, fully and honestly, without help from your parents.

1. A Bell employee is in your house installing a phone. List three ways that you can distract him so you can snag his tool belt.

A:________________________________

B:________________________________

C:________________________________

2. You're on the phone with an operator. What are three proven ways to make her cry and/or quit her job?

A:__________________________________

B:__________________________________

C:__________________________________

3. Write a brief description of what the word "cactus" means to you.

4. Jim Bayless from Ameritech Corporate Security calls you at home and tells you that he's finally caught you and that you're in the hot seat now. What do you do?

A: Start bawling and admit everything.

B: Pull up his file on your computer and start reciting all of his personal information just to shut him up.

C: Order a calling card to his home.

Okay, so that's it. You've completed the PLA job application. If you've  answered all the test questions and you feel that you meet the criteria, mail this application to your local police department and they will forward it to us. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number so we'll be able to get back with you. (And run a credit check on you and order you a calling card.) Thanks for your time!

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You!

512-370-4680 PLA Voice Mailbox                      

512-851-8317 Sonic Youth Systems

512-883-7543 PLA WHQ Texas Line

618-797-2339 PLA WHQ Illinois Line

And PLEASE Don't Pay For Your Fone Calls!


Issue #022

BBS Back Doors & Flaws

written by Pestilence

Written On  February 17, 1995 - Last Revision on February 19, 1995

Well, this is Pestilence here and I thought I would be nice and produce a file on how to hack boards through backdoors etc. First I'd like to thank The Cracker, Vision, and The Joker. They gave me most of my knowledge on back doors.

In the course of your BBS career you will come across a dumb ass sysop that for some reason or another you just can't stand. Maybe he caught you typing in sysop commands, or he dropped your access, or he caught you in bed with his wife and you just want to HACK his board. Well this file is for you. I tried to include as many doorz as i could remember. Some versions may be too old for the doorz and some may be too new so if they dont work email me at (512).fuck.off and I'll be glad to laugh at you...                                                   

RBBS:

        

Well, there aren't any known back doors but because of faulty language programming there are some flaws....

Bug 1                                                                        

Versions this is known to work on... cpc 12.1c and earlier                   

Proceedure : Download sysops password                                          

The sysops password is contained in a file called rbbs-pc.def....there is a trap in the code to prevent you from downloading it. (gee...I wonder why) But unfortunetly the basic and dos are not in agreement about the equivilence of the strings...basic says rbbs-pc.def <> rbbs-pc.def but dos truncates the last charachter and lets you get the file under the new name. (note 'x' can be substituted for 'f' in rbbs-pc.de(x), x being whatever you want it to be.)                                              

Fido:

Log on as your real name and tell the sysop all your information then proceed to go to the message area...from there do an area command and it will list:                                                                  

-----FIDO------                                                              

1...general                                                                  

2...tech                                                                     

3...fido mail                                                                 

message ?                                                                    

                                                                             

At the message prompt type '333333333' 77  times(no '') and this will lock up the system....from there it will usually drop to dos.                   

                                       

Renegade:

From main menu type // king cott                                             

                                                                              

Also on old versions enter into the bbs and go to the main menu...then turn the expert mode on and type 'i' 100 times like 'iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii' etc...When at 100 press enter and this will give you sysop commands.            

                                                                             

WWIV:

This part is for Excallibur since he wants to get back at the sysops in the ray league so here you go...                                                 

Go home and make a file called wayne.bell....in this program do the following

                                                                             

ctty                                                                          

com1   <---- substitute the appropriate comm port...                         

                                                                             

Save it and you're set. Now this only works in registered programs that have  been registered for over 1 year. The trick lies in the fact that Wayne put a double loop in the init files to the modem so that he could log onto bbs using his wwiv software. It has to be over 1 year old because newer versions Ymodem (that's the protocol you need to use) have incorperated the newer 2.3 string emitter to keep other people who found out this trick from it...(I'll tell you how to hack the new one in a second) now upload wayne.bell using y modem and type the following description....i am god _-_ wwiv*rulez. Got that? After all that go back to the main menu and type                 

//chuser                                                                     

//boardedit                                                                  

//dos                                                                         

or whatever and it should work. If not you fucked up or the sysop is using a new version of wwiv.                                                      

Secondly....the /optik method lets you view sysop commands from the file menu but only in certain editions...I have not been able to verify this method.. 

To hack the newer version see PLA001.TXT                                     

Thats all for now. I will adress the following boards in my next edition:     

acid bbs       celerity bbs       robo-fx bbs      vision-x bbs              

vision/2 bbs   oblivian/2 bbs     ....and many others                        

Contact The Phone Losers Of America Nearest You!

512-370-4680 PLA Voice Mailbox                      

512-851-8317 Sonic Youth Systems

512-883-7543 PLA WHQ Texas Line

618-797-2339 PLA WHQ Illinois Line

And PLEASE Don't Pay For Your Fone Calls!


Issue #023

10xxx Long Distance Codes

Written On  February 20, 1995 - Last Revision on March 9, 1995

I decided to prove to all of you once and for all that I really don't have a life...So here it is...Starting on a weekend night when I COULD have been out abusing illigal substances, I began to dial all of the 1,000 long distance codes, one by one and here's a list of all the codes just to prove it.

All of these codes work from Corpus Cristi, Texas but if you're reading this from another state, you'll notice that some of the codes don't work and there's some that aren't listed here. Sorry, but I just didn't have the time to take airplanes around the U.S. and try out the codes everywhere.

To use a long distance code, dial 10xxx-1-AREA CODE-NUMBER. To speak with an operator, dial 10xxx-0. To identify what a certain code is, dial 10xxx-1-700-555-4141 and it'll usually tell you what carrier owns it. That 700 number is a free call, by the way. If you want to use your stolen calling card with one of these codes, dial 10xxx-0-AREA CODE-NUMBER and follow the instructions.  Some of these people won't let you place a call unless you have an account on their system.

Most of these companies know exactly where you're calling from and what your phone number is but a few can't tell so you can use them as extenders. My favorite to play with is 109870. It's just like 1-800-COLLECT but it's a little less advanced AND it's in Spanish. It really confuses whoever you call.

10009 Long Distance Network, 1600 Promenade #1510, Richardson, Texas 75080

Customer Service 1-800-999-0395 (See also 10395)

10036 Long Distance Savers, 3009 Desoto, Monroe, Louisiana, 71201

Customer Service 1-800-256-4491 (Very understaffed)

10057 Vadacom, 711 Louisiana Suite 2300, Houston, Texas 77002

Customer Service 1-800-947-1080 (Also goes by the name of Nationwide.) 

10064 Fast Busy Signal

10070 U.S. Long Distance, P.O.Box 72906, Corpus Cristi, Texas, 78472,

Customer Service 1-800-460-1111

10080 LDDS Metromedia, 515 East Amidt Suite 200, Jackson, Miss 39201-2702

Customer Service 1-800-350-4211 (Automated Collect Calls)

10084 LDDS Metromedia, 515 East Amidt Suite 200, Jackson, Miss 39201-2702

Customer Service 1-800-350-4211

10085 WesTel Incorporated, P.O.Box 1985, Austin, Texas, 78767-1985                   

Customer Service 1-800-580-5585

10088 Wiltel Communications, 15450 S. Outer Forty Drive, Chesterfield, MO 63017

Customer Service 1-800-864-4060

10126 I just can't figure this one out, dammit.

10203 Cytel, P.O.Box 671905, Houston, Texas, 77267

Customer Service 1-800-324-7417

10211 AllNet Communications, P.O.Box 5032, Southfield, Michigan 48086-9958

Customer Service 1-800-783-2020

10221 Fast Busy Signal?

10222 MCI Telecommunications, 230 Schilling Plaza South, Hunt Valley, MD 21031

Customer Service 1-800-444-3333

10223 Cable & Wireless Communications, 8219 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182

Customer Service 1-800-486-8686

10252 U.S. Sprint. Some kind of backdoor, I think. (See also 10333)

10270 WillTel Communications,

Customer Service 1-800-864-4060

10272 Can't Identify

10279 Fast Busy Signal

10282 ActionTel, 400 Pine Suite 500, Abilene, Texas, 79601

Customer Service 1-800-588-2222 or (915)-672-2222

10288 AT&T Communications, (Can also be reached at 1-800-CALL-ATT)

Customer Service 1-800-222-0300 (See also 10387)

10313 StarTel, P.O.Box 6090, Bryan, Texas, 77805 (You have to subscribe)

Customer Service 1-800-366-2030

10319 Can't Identify

10333 US Sprint,

Customer Service 1-800-877-4646 (See also 10252)

10366 American Telco, 100 Waugh Drive, Suite #200, Houston, Texas 77007

Customer Service 1-800-444-0258

10387 AT&T Communications,

Customer Service 1-800-222-0300 (See also 102880)

10390 Can't Identify

10395 Long Distance Network, 1600 Promenade Suite 1510, Richardson, TX, 75080

Customer Service 1-800-999-0395 (See also 10009)

10397 Phone Loser Communications Inc, Corpus Cristi, Texas, 78403

Customer Service 1-512-370-4680

10403 VadaCom, 711 Louisiana Suite 2300, Houston, Texas, 77002

Customer Service 1-800-947-1080 (See also 10057)

10423 CTI Network, 800 N Shoreline Blvd, Suite 460S, Corpus Cristi, TX 78401

Customer Service 1-800-456-9077

10425 Capital Network,

Customer Service 1-800-569-8780

10444 Allnet Communication Services,

Customer Service 1-800-783-2020

10457 Dial & Save, 4219 Lafayette Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 22021-1209

Customer Service 1-800-787-3333

10464 WilTel Communications

Customer Service 1-800-864-4060

10479 "All circuits are busy now. Try your call again later."

10488 MetroMedia Operator Services

10502 Communications Telesystems International

Customer Service 1-800-569-8700

10509 Can't Identify

10555 WilTel Communications

Customer Service 1-800-864-4060

10569 Can't Identify

10596 Are circuits are busy and network difficulties. Typical.

10658 WilTel Communications

10661 Coastal Automated Operator, Salt Lake City, Utah

Customer Service 1-800-

10686 AT&T Long Distance Network. That's Weird...

10687 This one basically says, "Fuck you, we don't want you to call here."

10718 Can't Identify

10732 Private Network...If I dial 10732-1-NUMBER it tells me to dial 10288

and if I dial 10732-0 it acts as if I dialed 10288-0.

10733 LDDS/Metromedia Automated Operator

10737 LDDS/Metromedia Automated Operator (Again!)

10741 LDDS/Metromedia Communications

10751 LDDS/Metromedia Communications (Polly want a cracker?)

10780 U.S.Sprint,

Customer Service 1-800-877-4646

10797 LDDS Metromedia (Yet another LDDS automated collect call. Same as the

other ones I've listed.)