I was checking the spam folder this morning. Ocaasionally a legit comment gets flagged, so I glance over them before deleting just to be safe. This time I spotted one with coherent text, the content of which actually matched the URL.
That was intriguing enough that I opened a safe window and went to the site, to see if they were “selling” what I thought.
That’s funny. No idea if he’s a pure scammer, or actually selling a $47 PDF telling folks to buy an RJ-11 plug and a blocking diode. If he is, it’s going to cost his suckers a lot more than $47 when The Phone Company hits them with repair charges when they draw down the sealing current. If TPC really wants to make an example of one, they can even go with federal felony charges for interfering with a common carrier.
Aside from some personal experience when a cheap, temporary phone shorted, I’ve actually worked for TPC. Let me tell you how it’s going to go if you try to pull $47 worth of electricity from the phone line.
- The POTS port at the switch is going to die. No more electricity.
- An outside tech is going to appear at your door, to check if you installed one of these or if you have a malfed phone (like I did).
- The tech is going to pull that out of the jack and tell you not to do it again.
- Your next phone bill will include charges for the customer prem dispatch, and for the CO repair (parts & labor).
If you’re stupid enough to do it again, the above will repeat, except they’ll leave your service turned off. And as mentioned above they can file a criminal complaint. Even if you don’t go to Club Med, you’ll be dealing with attorney fees, fines, and other legal expenses. Individual states generally have applicable laws under which you can be charged, ranging from vandalism to theft of services.
I think you’d find that was the most expensive electricity you ever bought.
I am tempted to forward the link to Ocasio-Cortez, since she’s probably stupidly crazy enough to believe the phone company magically creates free electricity that doesn’t come from the power company.