New research show phone scams are costing Americans a lot of dough

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - New research is showing that pesky phone scam calls are costing Americans millions of dollars.

Swedish app company "Truecaller" says more than $9-billion was lost due to phone scams last year.

During that same time more than 7-million complaints were filed with the national do not call registry, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Experts say scammers are increasingly spoofing phone numbers to make them look familiar to consumers on the other end.

Some numbers may even use your same area code or the first 6 digits of a friend's phone number to make you take notice and pick up the call.

To avoid this type of phone scam experts say.. if a phone number looks familiar but something seems off, just tell the person you'll call them back.

You can also add your name to the national do not call registry.

And if you're not expecting any phone calls, just don't answer.