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“Can You Hear Me?” Scam: Don’t Say ‘Yes’ When You Answer

Just when we thought we’ve identified the different types of financial scams, another one comes up.  The Better Business Bureau issued a warning about a scam, targeting unsuspected citizens, that’s very different from the typical phishing emails. The “Can you hear me?” scam involves a recorded call with an introduction about a business, cause or product followed by a question that is meant to be answered with a “yes.”  Your reply is then recorded and used as consent to sign you up for a product or service for which you will be billed. If you deny your involvement, the recorded “yes” will be used as proof. To protect yourself from fraud, the BBB suggests that you do not answer calls from numbers you don’t recognize and to never give out personal or financial information over the phone. If you think you may be a victim of fraud, contact your financial institution right away! Check out the BBB website for more information on this new scam and how to avoid falling for it.