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"Can You Hear Me Now?" Scam

By Scam Awareness | March 23, 2017

Did you know that by answering "yes" to question as simple as "can you hear me now?" you could fall victim to a scam? Fraudsters are making calls and asking questions such as "Can you hear me?" or "Are you the homeowner?" A "yes" answer could be recorded and then used to authorize fraudulent charges on a credit card, phone or utility bill.

According to Susan Grant of the Consumer Federation of America, "It's hard for law enforcement to prevent fraud, which is why it's so important for consumers to be aware of scams and avoid falling for them. Though the "can you hear me now?" scam is nothing new, variations have recently been reported on the east coast. The scammers may be calling because they already have some of your personal information, such as your credit card number. To stop further fraud or potential identity theft, use caution when taking a phone call from a name or number you do not recognize. Instead of answering "yes," respond with questions like, "Who is calling?" If you think the call is not legitimate, hang up immediately. The longer you stay on the line, the more likely you are to give criminals something they can use. The best tip to avoid scams: don't engage with potential scammers!

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