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Monday, May 29, 2017

Authorities warn of "can you hear me" scam

Authorities are warning of a new phone scam which has targeted residents in Pennsylvania. It's called the "can you hear me scam," and the main goal of the scammer is to get an audio recording of you saying "yes" so they can authorize charges on a credit card.

According to a report by CBS News, the latest scam has occurred in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Here's  how it works, according to the CBS report:

  • A scammer calls a victim and says "Can you hear me?" hoping they respond "yes."
  • That affirmative response is then recorded.
  • The scammer may have collected personal information about the victim already to allow them to access credit card or other utilities as a result of a data breach.
  • When the victim disputes the charge, the scammer then uses the audio recording to prove "consent" of the unwanted charges on a credit card or other bill.

So what should you do if you think you may have already been a victim of this scam? Review all your statements and if you notice unfamiliar charges, call the company to dispute.

Posted 2/1/17