Better Business Bureau of Greater Kansas City Warns of New Phone Scam

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Direct marketing professional Russell “Rusty” Rahm is the owner of Wake Effects, LLC, a Kansas leader in boating and water sports gear sales. Rusty Rahm is a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Greater Kansas City.

As part of its work protecting local consumers, the Kansas City BBB follows regional scams and other potential threats through its Scamtracker service. In early 2017, the BBB issued a warning about a new type of phone scam in the area. Known as the “Can you hear me” scam, fraudsters are using dishonest tactics to get their victims to say “yes” on the phone.

Robocalls that sound like real humans may ask seemingly innocuous questions such as “can you hear me?” that result in an affirmative response. When an individual replies yes, that person’s voice may be used to authorize fraudulent charges.

The BBB suggests that residents hang up immediately if a caller asks this question or a variation on it. Scammers may alter their tactics as the public learns of them, so be on the lookout for other questions that are fishing for a yes. If you think you may have encountered one of these scammers, consider checking your phone bill and credit card statements for any unauthorized charges.


Wake Effects, LLC – Retail Marketing Company


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Wake Effects, LLC

As the current CEO of Subscription Ink, Company in Kansas City, Missouri, “Rusty” Rahm oversees the company’s marketing efforts. He aims to provide outstanding customer service to the general public and offer partners of the company significant value. Rusty Rahm is also the owner of Wake Effects, LLC, the marketing branch of his speed boat racing business.

Wake Effects, LLC in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, is a retail marketing company that sells merchandise ranging from hats and apparel to wakeboards and water skis with the Wake Effects logo. The company also carries merchandise from other companies, including vests, water skis, and boats. The company strives to be a full-service outlet for swimming and boating accessories.

Wake Effects is also associated with Kirby’s School of Wake in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. The School of Wake offers private lessons in boating, as well as water skiing training and techniques. Lessons are taught by professional wake boarder, Kirby Liesmann.

Millennium Marketing Expands Presence in Shawnee

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Russell “Rusty” Rahm draws on three decades on entrepreneurial experience in the direct marketing sector to serve as president and COO of Millennium Marketing. Since founding the Shawnee, Kansas, company in 1996, Rusty Rahm has led Millennium’s growth into a leading national provider of telephone marketing services.

In 2001, Mr. Rahm oversaw Millennium’s expansion to a new company headquarters in Shawnee Kansas. Having moved into a 2,000-square-foot office space just two years after its establishment, the company continued its fast-paced growth with a transition to a 42,000-square-foot space at the Shawnee Shopping Center. Located off of Shawnee Mission Parkway, the property’s expansive floorplan offered plenty of space to accommodate the quickly developing company, which at the time employed 200 professionals across 14 US offices.

In addition to providing an ideal space for Millennium’s operational needs, the office move also stood to breathe new life into the local economy. As noted by the Shawnee Economic Development Council’s then-Director Jim Martin, the influx of new activity would likely offer a boost to retailers surrounding the shopping center, which has served the Shawnee community since the 1960s.