It’s more than likely that most of you would never find yourself using the world “yes” with a telemarketer as it is, but we’re here to tell you that in our latest scam detection saying “yes” can really come back to haunt you.
In short, here’s how the scam goes down: you will receive a phone call from an automated system (a robocall) or a live person, but the common thread will be that the caller will ask, “Can you hear me?”
“Yes,” you’d probably respond, because you’re not a liar. Now, according to police departments across the country, that means that the scammers now have a recording of your voice saying “yes.”
Even if you never agree to buy anything, you might later find out you’ve been signed up for a home alarm system, a cruise, some added service for your phone, or any other thing you couldn’t possibly want.
The Consumerist reports that when you go as far as to dispute these charges, the company may take legal action, sticking that recording of you saying “yes” into a recording of a different conversation as evidence that you agreed to the transaction.
You should do the following:Hang up. Screen your calls, avoiding any numbers that you don’t recognize. Use a robocall-screening service if there’s one available to you. Scammers will use a fake number from an area code close to you, to make you more likely to think it’s a local business and pick up. Be cautious and don’t answer questions from strangers.
If you have any doubt and think that the call could be legitimate, you can try answering the question without saying the word “yes.” For example, you could say, “I can hear you.”
In general, though, we think it’s best to keep to one simple rule: never say yes to telemarketers.