New auto-dial scam includes fake customer support numbers

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- A new auto-dial scam is putting millions of smart-device owners at risk. It happens when you ask a device, like Siri or Alexa, to auto-dial a company phone number.

Scammers create fake customer service numbers and bump them to the top of search results, often by paying for ads. That means you don't end up talking with the company, but a scammer.

Often times scammers push so-called gift card deals or try to get your credit card numbers.

Experts recommend avoiding scammers by getting information from official company websites.