By Paul Schmitt
Phone scammers are coming up with more creative ways to get people to authorized charges during their sales call. Several states including Wisconsin have consumer advocates reporting suspicious calls where the simple question of “Can you hear me” is being used to get unsuspecting victims to simply say “yes”. The taped conversation is then used to make changes or charges to various utility accounts or credit cards. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says this scam differs from other ones.
Sheriff Joski notes that if the call is delayed a few seconds when you answer the phone it is probably an automated call. Many telemarketing services use cloning numbers that reflect a local number to legitimize the call, according to Joski. If there is any question to who may be calling it is best to just hang up. Although there is not much recourse if you are scammed on the phone, still report it to local authorities, Joski recommends.