By Ryan Velez
Most of the time, it’s easy to figure out soon enough if a marketing call is worth your time. Generally, a recording or leading statement or two is enough for you to politely decline or simply hang up depending on your mood. However, EURWeb shares a story about a new phone scam that’s best served hanging up on without a word. If you don’t know how to tell the difference, the first five words mean the most: “can you hear me okay?”
Why is this so potentially dangerous? For one, the goal isn’t for you to sign up for something or hear out a repeated pitch but simply to say yes to this particular question. By doing so, you’ve given the scammer a recording of yourself affirming something, allowing the scammer to use it for just about anything. Part of the reason for this is taking advantage of new technology and practices that require only a voice signature in order to purchase items or services. What is designed to be a service of convenience has now become something far from it, a potential headache at best or danger to your finances at work. This can also apply to account changes, security settings, and other important information that are the last things you would want in the hands of a scammer.
In addition to granting the scammer access to your important information in the first place, the presence of the recording may make it more difficult for you to get things back on track. People who have tried to have their purchases canceled or refunded sometimes have had the recordings thrown back in their faces by the scammer, sometimes along with threats of legal action.
With a plan this nefarious, it can sound rather difficult for you as a consumer to be able to handle this issue? What's the best thing you can do? Don’t be afraid to be bold. Always be skeptical when you see an unknown number, keep any potentially private information secret, and don’t be shy about confronting potential scammers and asking about the validity of their work. Not every telemarketer uses these type of underhanded tactics, but this is one instance where it pays to be safe rather than sorry.