(47 votes)

Collect Call from Prison

  • Share via E-mail

If you ever receive a phone call from your local prison on your house phone and the operator tells you to press 1 to receive a collect call, don’t accept it (unless your buddy is arrested on a regular basis and you know he always calls). Many victims accept these collect calls because they don’t know who might be on the other side.

How does this scam work? Whenever allowed to make phone calls, real inmates dial random numbers until they find somebody willing to help. As soon as the victims answer, the scammer comes in with a quick apology for disturbing them followed by an emotional short story, such as being thrown in jail because he beat up a guy who assaulted his daughter, an hour ago.

The prisoner will ask the victim to call a number where supposedly his daughter is, to make sure she is ok. He will say that the number is impossible to reach from the prison he is in, or that they are not allowed to call cell phones. People fall for this scam as they think they are doing a good deed.

In reality, what victims do when dialing the number provided is just… call-forwarding their own telephone lines. This way, after getting you to forward the number, the scammer can call anywhere he wants, without being charged.

How to avoid:

Check the forwarding code in your country and make sure you never use it when asked to by someone else.

Make your friends and family aware of this scam by sharing it, using the buttons provided.

download Scam Detector

There are 10 comments

  • On Friday, February 21, 2014, John wrote:

    I have received 4 calls from a prison in Mo, 314-669-2753. The female automated voice is clear and easy to understand. The male saying his name does it quickly so it's hard to understand.

  • On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, J. Schrader wrote:

    Yesterday I received a call from Mo. Prison in Farminmgton, and a lady (sounded like an operator) asking me if I would accept a "free" call from, then a deep man's voice said something, which I couldn't understand, and the lady then said press "1" to accept, and I hung up.
    Got another called in the evening from the same place and same number on caller I.D. If it continues
    I will call the local police first.
    They did say press "6" if you do not want these calls in the future, but I am afraid to press any number.

  • On Monday, January 13, 2014, Bret wrote:

    I was very pleased to find this web-site.

  • On Monday, September 09, 2013, austin wrote:

    got 4 of these calls within a 5 minute period

  • On Monday, July 29, 2013, Granny wrote:

    I got two such calls yesterday from the county jail, but they gave me the option of blocking calls from the jail if I press 4. Could be legit, but if it is I feel sorry form some girl named Audra - she has the wrong number.

<< Start < Prev 1 2 Next > End >>

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated.


  •  stop frauds

Better Business Bureau

Recommend on Facebook

  • Do your part now!

    If you like Scam Detector, do your part and help people prevent financial fraud! Make your family and friends aware of this app by clicking below.