There is a scam making the rounds that has resulted in tens of thousands of complaints to the FTC. My son got a call yesterday. It begins with someone asking, “Can you hear me?” The scam is that they’re recording your voice and they want you to answer “Yes”. These pathetic losers will then start charging all kinds of goodies to your credit cards and will use your recorded answer as proof that you agreed with the charges. If you answer, “Yes, I can hear you”, they will naturally edit the recording to make it seems as though your agreement referred to the charges.
Today, a male with a hispanic accent called and said he was calling about a package I had ordered. He asked, “Did you place an order” which is a relatively safe question since so many of us order merchandise online. The whole thing was so bizarre that I knew what was going on and hung up immediately. I have ordered online for YEARS and no one has ever called and asked me this kind of question!
How To Protect Yourself
#1: If an unknown person calls and asks you a question that requires a “yes” answer, immediately hang up.
#2: Carefully review all of your credit card bills. About two months ago there was a charge for $1.99 that I didn’t recognize. These dishonorable people frequently begin with a small charge that most people don’t notice. But I did pay attention and my credit card company cancelled the charge and gave me a new number. Scammer access to my account: cancelled.
#3: Warn family members and friends so they don’t get caught by this ploy.