This one word a phone scam is trying to get you to say can cost you big
Most times when we hear of a scam we think, "How could someone fall for that?!" Here's a new one that anyone can fall for if you aren't forewarned.
It's called the "Can You Hear Me?" scam and the Better Business Bureau of New Jersey has received dozens of complaints about it already. The calls can take any form; a come-on for a vacation, a product warranty, a cruise, etc. But at some point early in the call a voice will ask you, "Can you hear me?" The question may come after something like, "Oooh, my headset just slipped, I'm sorry. Can you hear me?" The voice is often not a live person but a robot, and one made to sound completely like a real live person.
All they are trying to get you to say is the one word..."Yes."
If you say yes, beware. Scammers are apparently lifting your voice saying yes, then editing it to make it sound like it came in response not to the question they really asked, but rather to a question like, "Do you authorize this payment?" This has already happened with a number of businesses being scammed. Now it appears these scammers are going after residential numbers.
This is such an easy scam to fall for that 100% of us are vulnerable. What to do about it? They say if you get a call like this that asks at any point, "Can you hear me?" don't say a word and just hang up. Also the Better Business Bureau would appreciate you reporting it to them. If you think you've already had a call like this, pay close attention to all bank statements, credit card statements, and even your phone bill for unauthorized charges. Read more about this new scam here.
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