Fraud Alert! “Can You Hear Me Scam”

Just when you thought fraudulent phone calls couldn’t get any worse, the FCC issued a press release on March 27, 2017 alerting consumers about the “Can you hear me” scam effecting thousands of folks across the U.S.  And it goes something like this…

You’re at home and your phone rings. You answer, “Hello”?getting scammed over phone

The person on the other end says, “Can you hear me”

Your answer? A simple, “Yes”.

And that’s it. You’ve just been scammed!

Wait, what?
How it Works

Nowadays and with nearly everyone owning a cell phone, it’s almost second nature to ask someone if they can hear you when you call. So when someone calls you and asks this, it’s second nature to answer “Yes” (or “No”). This is where it gets tricky. The scammer then records the “Yes” response and this voice signature can be used to make unauthorized charges to your utility account or a credit card. Most of the time, the callers are under the guise of a company you’re familiar with, such as a mortgage lender or a bank. This month, TRU Computers is offering tips on how to avoid getting scammed.

Tips to Avoid Scammers

Utilize Caller ID & Voicemail. With the Caller ID feature you are able to screen who is calling you. If you don’t recognize a caller’s number, let it go to your voicemail.

Hang up the phone. If you don’t recognize the incoming number, but you answer anyway, hang up immediately if they ask, “Can you hear me”?

Block their number. Though this doesn’t stop them from calling you, it does stop alerting you about an incoming call. The number will simply show up in your missed call list.

The BBB and FCC. If you feel you may have been a victim of a scam, you should report the incident to the FCC via https://www.fcc.gov/consumers and the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker at https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us/.

Robocall Blocking Service. Some scammers are using a voice recording to take the first step in scamming you. If you ever receive a call that is immediately a voice recording asking you to hit a button (ie. the # key) to continue, hang up right away. Consider asking your phone service provider if they provide a Robocall Blocking Service to stop robocalls from reaching you.

 

Phone call scams have been around for years and they’re growing more and more sophisticated as old scams are replaced with new ones. And while it’s hard to avoid answering your phone, try to pay closer attention to the calls that are coming in, be a cautious consumer and always check TRU Computer’s news section for industry information and fraud alerts.

At TRU Computers, we care about our customers. We are homegrown computer store, serving the Pittsburgh area with outstanding PC & laptop services including Spyware and Virus Removal, Repair Services, Data Back-up Assistance and Online Tutoring. Visit us in Bethel Park, PA, just south of downtown Pittsburgh or call or email us at 412-854-1330 or support@trucomputers.com.

 

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