Scam Survivor: How to spot a bogus voicemail

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - The phone calls feel non-stop. It’s usually someone trying to pull a fast one on you. It’s someone trying to see if you're willing to bite on their offer. You can spot a scam call pretty quickly if you're listening for the right things.

It's a call you might get at any time of day. If it catches you off guard you might give in. The problems, though, are easier to spot than you might think.

David and Jan Kanz got the message recently. The grammar alone was the first red flag.

Here’s the beginning: "information regarding your tax filing from the headquarters which will get expired in the next 24 working hours."

Then the Kanz family noticed the slang and a sentence that really doesn't make sense.

"And once it gets expired after that you will be taken under custody by the local cops as there are four serious allegations pressed on your name at the moment."

Then the pair heard the final pitch, which is once again a mess.

"We would request you get back to us so that we can discuss about this case. "

"When they start in on their non-sense, their bloviating or garbage I just hang up on them because I know it's not real," said Dan Kanz.

They've started to get more and more calls like this on their cell phones. They know all the right things to do.

"Whenever we see numbers we don't recognize, we always go to the computer and look up to see who it is," said Jan Kanz.

"If they leave a message fine, if they don't fine. We know it's a scam. We get so many of them we thought they put the block on all these things but they haven't," said Dan Kanz.

Just some simple steps to make sure they're not the next victim.