In his 23 years of business, Sammy Nasrollahi says one thing has remained constant: Phone calls from someone asking to confirm his store information for a business directory.
"Is your phone number the same? Is your company's name Rugs of Distinction? Is your phone number this and this and this and that? So everything they say, basically they just want you to repeat, yes, yes, yes," explained Sammy.
That's because it's a hoax. The scammers are recording you and use your "yes" answers to edit the call. They use that altered version as proof that you agreed to the directory charges and they can send you an invoice.
Captain Dale Kittles of the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office says small businesses and non-profits in the county have lost more than $1,000 because of it.
"If they pay that amount, especially like a direct withdrawal, they can get access to your account and they can pretty much wipe your account out," said Kittles.
While it's not a new scam, Kittles says it's ramping up again.
"An old one will come back. A new one will pop up. These individuals have no conscience," said Kittle.
Another one popping up includes the "work from home" scam. The Better Business Bureau put out this warning.
In this one, you get a job offer through email from a business claiming to be a shipping service. You're asked to ship some electronics. But you're never reimbursed and you may have just helped the scammers move stolen goods.
Sammy says he's never fallen for one of these scams but still gets the calls. He has even trained his staff on how to handle them.
The Greenwood County Sheriff's Office is also warning people about another scam it's seeing right now. The caller claims to be a deputy and threatens to arrest you unless you to pay a fine.
Kittle says deputies would never call you to get you to pay a fine.
If you get a call or email with an offer that seems to good to be true, never give out your personal or banking information.
Request more information from the caller and look up the company name and number online.
If you suspect it's a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.For more on the business directory scam, click here.
For more on the work from home scam, click here.