By David Ovalle
Hacking their way into home fax lines, inmates in Miami-Dade jails are
racking up tens of thousands of dollars in collect calls billed to
Recent victims include a South Florida federal judge, a Miami Herald
columnist and the county architect who helped design a Miami-Dade jail.
Corrections officials say the inmates, with help from accomplices on the
outside, have figured out how to forward collect calls through AT&T from
a victim's fax line to the inmates' girlfriends, pals or relatives --
who accept the calls but don't have to foot the bill.
Alabama-based Global Tel*Link, which operates jail collect- and
prepaid-call systems nationwide, has reimbursed customers nearly
$200,000 for bogus calls over the past two years, almost all in
The Miami-Dade Corrections department and GTL say they can do little to
stop the scam because the call forwarding is done through AT&T.
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