Friday, January 27, 2017

"Can You Hear Me" Scam

(WTKR/CBS) – Law enforcement officers across the country are warning about a new phone scam.
The scammer usually starts by introducing themselves and their business.
“That would be the first thing. That kind of warms you up,” Norfolk Police Officer Jo Ann Hughes said.
Police say sometimes this is an automated recording
Then the scammer will ask, “Can you hear me?”
Officers say the natural response is to say, “Yes.”
But that's what could get you into trouble.
Scammers record your response and then claim to sign you up for products you never ordered.
If you try to deny the charges, they simply play back your verbal response and threaten legal action if you don't pay up.
“A lot of times, victims don't want to come forward because they're embarrassed,” Hughes said.
Authorities have some tips to avoid this scam:
  • Don't answer the phone from numbers you don't know.
  • Don't give our personal information.
  • Don't confirm your number over the phone.
  • Don't answer questions.

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