Warning: If you get this phone call, do not answer ‘yes’

Have you ever gotten annoying, unsolicited phone calls from a company or someone you don’t know? Do you try to ignore the calls, but finally give in to answering?

Be aware…some of these calls are going from aggravating to malicious. The FCC is asking consumers to be careful answering calls from unknown phone numbers. Scammers are calling victims hoping to get them to say the word “yes” during the conversation that’s being recorded. The scammer will later use the recording of the victim saying yes to authorize unwanted charges on the victim’s utility or credit card account.

The Scam Works Like This: A person answers a call from someone “impersonating” a representative from organizations that the consumer may be familiar with. The scammer will ask questions like, “Can you hear me?”; “Are you the lady of the house?”; “Do you pay the household telephone bills?”; or “Are you the homeowner?”. The scammer records the victims saying yes, which they then use as a voice signature authorizing fraudulent charges via telephone.

The FCC is urging everyone who receives a call like this to immediately hang up. If you think that you have already received a call like this, immediately check your bank, credit card and your telephone statements to see if there are any unauthorized charges. If unauthorized charges are found, report them immediately.

Tips to help ward off unwanted calls and scams:
• Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers – this is the most obvious and simplest precaution. Let unknown calls go to voicemail.
• If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls, hang up instead. Scammers often use these tricks to identify and target live respondents.
• If you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FCC. This helps the FCC identify and take appropriate action to help consumers targeted by illegal callers.
• Sign up for Robocall Blocking or Privacy Defender with Pioneer
• Register all your phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry.

Retrieved from: http://www.komando.com/happening-now/395235/fcc-issues-official-warning-against-the-can-you-hear-me-phone-scam