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More Phone Scammers Are Calling Your Cell Because Landlines Are Dead

Scammers made off with about $7.4 billion in stolen money last year from the callers they duped, and mobile phones are becoming more frequent targets.

By Melissa Prax | March 11, 2016

Scammers once targeted your landline, but now they're after your cellphone.

According to Internet security experts, these scammers will use a multitude of tactics to get a buck from you, including pretending they're your bank, the government or tech support from companies like Microsoft, Norton and McAfee.

KDVR reports one Colorado man wary of scammers recorded a caller who claimed to be with the IRS. He shared the recording to spread the word, and others have done the same.

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Phone scammers target millions of Americans, and according to one survey, cashed out with about $7.4 billion in stolen funds last year.

"I've seen an increase," a Baltimore resident said. "Six months ago, I wasn't getting any."

Security experts suggest if an unfamiliar number pops up, let it go to voicemail. If it's important, the caller will leave a message.

This video includes clips from KDVR and WMAR. 

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