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Beware of Phone Scam

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WASHINGTON--  Our newsroom got tipped off by a viewer saying she got a phone call from a person claiming to be an AT&T service technician.  That person told her to dial 9-0-#.  It seemed a little fishy to her, so she hung up.

That lead us to do a little digging.  It turns out this scam isn't new; it's been around for years.  The good news is it doesn't affect homeowners.  But it does affect business owners, hospitals and government agencies; places that use a prive branch to make calls. 

Should you dial 9-0-#, the person that called can now make phone calls using your line, meaning they can rack up quite a bill depending on where they call. 

If you are involved in this scam, you're asked to contact your local authorities.