Receiving calls from telemarketers is irritating enough, but now experts are alerting consumers about the danger of having what they say on the phone held against them.
They call it the “Can You Hear Me” scam and the news suggests that it’s becoming more and more popular as scammers use it to try to steal your hard-earned cash.
What Is The Can You Hear Me Phone Scam?
This actually happened to a friend of mine. She received a call the other day and the man on the other end said, “This is Jerry Foley, can you hear me?” Wisely, she instantly hung up, but if she would have said, “Yes,” her reply may have been altered and misused to verify she freely signed up for a service contract or to purchase a product she didn’t want.
Telemarketing companies usually call consumers back to verify calls and depend on them to guarantee the consumer pays up.
The Better Business Bureau recently cautioned consumers and businesses that a scammer who might already have acquired part of your personal information, like credit card numbers, can make use of them along with your recorded “Yes” to make charges.
In some instances, a live person might place the call; however, often, it’s an automated call. Robocalls are becoming more and more complex and have gone so far as to imitate background noise to gain your confidence to trick you into believing it is a genuine person.
If you did happen to answer “Yes,” it’s likely the scammer who initiated the call did record you and will use that verification to subscribe you to a service or receive a product and then insist you pay up. If you decline, the scammer might put forth the “Yes” that was recorded to verify that you agreed to it.
The United States Federal Trade Commission cautions people to NEVER give out personal information to anyone over the phone and to immediately hang up if they receive a pre-recorded sales call.
I hope I’ve answered the question “What Is The Can You Hear Me Phone Scam?” enough that I can prevent you from being scammed by these unscrupulous people.
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