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UTAHNS TOLD TO BE WARY IN DISCLOSING PHONE CODES

Utahns are being cautioned not to give out long-distance calling card numbers and authorization codes to callers claiming to be Federal Communications Commission agents.

At least three Utahns have been duped by scam artists who have sold the stolen numbers to other people for use in making long-distance and international phone calls, the FCC and the Better Business Bureau of Utah said Thursday.The con artists tell victims their assistance is needed in investigating the theft of telephone services, then ask for the numbers, according to Bill Beadle, president of the Better Business Bureau of Utah. The victims are being told their numbers will be used to trap crooks suspected of fraud, Beadle said in a press release.

Thousands of dollars in long-distance services could be charged to stolen card numbers before the fraud is detected, Beadle said. He said people who believe they may have been victimized should contact their long-distance provider immediately.