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Miami-Dade inmates hack into strangers' phone lines




Miami-Dade inmates hack into strangers' phone lines
Miami-Dade inmates hack into strangers' phone lines



http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/03/28/1552713/miami-dade-inmates-collect-call.html 

By David Ovalle
MiamiHerald.com
03.29.10

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 
unsuspecting citizens.

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 
Miami-Dade.

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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