PLA019 Fun With Call Forwarding

Fun With Call Forwarding

Written by RedBoxChiliPepper on Jnauary 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 Access 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. I still haven't found any areas that allowed me to remote forward their numbers to Alliance numbers or overseas but I've found several that let me forward to 900 numbers. One thing you have to be sure of is that they don't have a 900 block on their line. You can call and remove that yourself.

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 alot 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?"


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."

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