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WARNING: Here’s Why You Should NEVER Say ‘Yes’ When A Caller Asks “Can You Hear Me Now?”


When economy was doing really good over a decade ago, I don’t recall phone scams being as big as they are now.

But with the constant decline of our money’s value, the downward spin of the economy as a whole, it’s really putting the financial squeeze on a lot of people.

Could this, combined with new “robocall technology” be the main reasons were seeing scams soaring across the world?

And so the latest phone scam hitting the nation actually showed up around 7 years ago, and now it’s back.

It’s the “Say Yes” scam.

They will try to get you to say the word, “yes” so they can record it and then use it for nefarious means.

USA Today reports:

Is someone asking “Can you hear me?” on the phone when you pick up? If so, hang up. It could be a scam.

The “Can you hear me” scam has been targeting consumers for quite a few years. It’s unclear exactly how the scam might play out, but consumer advocates, including the Better Business Bureau, say it’s better to hang up and not engage.

What’s the danger of the can you hear me scam?

It’s likely the scammers are trying to get you to say “yes” or record your voice, which can then be used or edited to make it seem like you authorized something that you didn’t, according to a scam alert from the BBB.

Usually, the caller will hang up immediately after you respond to the question “Can you hear me?,” the alert said. However, some consumers report that the calls can also be about banking, vacation packages, warranties and Medicare cards, the BBB said. The callers may be impersonating a business like your bank or another financial institution, a government agency, or an insurance company, the agency said.

“We encourage people to report this and other scams to BBB’s Scam Tracker,” BBB spokeswoman Melanie McGovern told USA TODAY. “It helps to warn others that this activity is happening again. If you get a call, simply hang up without saying anything.

How does the can you hear me scam work?

You get a call from someone who quickly asks, “Can you hear me?” They want you to answer “Yes,” which you’d likely do instinctively, the BBB said.

The call might even be awkward or the person on the other line may say they’re having trouble with their headset or that they’ll call you back, “but in fact, the ‘person’ may be a robocall recording your conversation, and that ‘Yes’ answer you gave could later be edited to make it sound like you authorized a major purchase,” the BBB said in its alert.

That yes could also confirm the scammer got a real working number, which could mean further targeting for scams, the BBB said.. The FCC in February issued a ruling making AI-generated voices in robocalls illegal.Still other variations of the scam, the BBB, said, may include asking “Is this (fill in your name)” or another question, which would prompt a yes from you. The caller may not hang up right away either and may continue the conversation to attempt to steal your personal information or record more of your voice,” the BBB said.

What should I do?

Here are some tips from the BBB:

  • Use Caller ID to screen calls and consider not answering numbers you don’t know). If it’s urgent, they’ll call you back, the BBB said.
  • Just hang up. Scammers will change their methods as the public catches on, the BBB said, so be on the lookout for other questions designed to get you to say “yes,” the BBB said.
  • Make a note of the number and report it to BBB.org/ScamTracker to alert others. The BBB said it shares Scam Tracker information with government and law enforcement agencies, so all information is helpful.
  • Join the Do Not Call Registry (DoNotCall.gov) to limit telemarketing and sales calls. This might not cut down on scam calls, since they don’t pay attention to the law, but it will cut down on your overall calls, the BBB said.
  • Check your bank and credit card statements regularly for charges you didn’t make. Also review your telephone and cell phone bills, the BBB said. Scammers could use your “yes” to authorize charges you didn’t really okay, the BBB said. “This is called ‘cramming,’ and it’s illegal.”

Here’s a chart of “scam calls” from 2004 to now:

And a 2nd chart:

Ah, the 2000’s. When phone scamming was rare, a man wasn’t a woman and Disney was wholesome family entertainment.

Because of these constant attacks, people fear to answer the phone these days from strangers, which has a negative impact on people.

I’m hoping Trump can Make Phones Great Again and not a source of scam attacks.

Bonus:

Here’s a feel good video of an entire scam call center getting destroyed. Guess they have to go find a real job now.



 

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