Phone scams are all the rage.
Just when you think you’ve become aware of all of them, another sneaks up on you.
Phone scams are nothing new either, as they were around a long time before cell phones existed.
The most recent phone scam that made its way into the criminal underground involves the words….”Can you hear me?” We’ve all heard these words across a phone while driving through a choppy service area, so it’s really nothing new and alarming, which is why it has worked on various innocent victims. But, instead of answering the question, authorities are advising you to hang up immediately.
The goal of the scammer is to get the owner of the to say “yes,” so they can record their voice and use it for future purchases or other financial transactions on your dime.
Your voice saying “yes,” authorizes a new string of things, which includes the authority to confirm account changes, make purchases in your name or transfer money.
And as long as you say yes when the scammer calls you, they are able to add their own script and insert your “yes,” into it, approving all phone transactions.
Authorities are offering the following advice to save yourself from this scam and other scams similar to it:
- Try not to answer numbers that show up as “unknown” on your phone. Let it go to voicemail, but if you must answer it, avoid answering any questions, especially those that prompt you to say “yes.” Some of the known questions are: “Are you a homeowner?” or “Can you hear me?” Be on your game and ask a question instead, such as “Who are you and why do you want to know?
- Simply hang up when you feel uncomfortable on a phone call.
- Do not, by any means offer your personal information to strangers on the phone, even if the person on the other end is claiming to work for your car insurance company or your financial institution.
- Change the settings on your phone so all unknown calls go directly to voicemail. There should be a setting on your phone that allows this. Scammers seldom leave voicemails so you don’t have to worry about them after the call goes to voicemail.