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.