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witzend

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Hi I've been just made aware of this though I'd post it here so a few more are aware

The new
'can you hear me' phone scam is being used in the UK. 

People are now being warned to remain vigilant when answering the phone to a number they don't
recognise.

 

If you hear the phrase ‘can you hear me’ from a caller on a number you don't know, the advice is to hang up straight away.

 

The scam, which uses voice signatures to try and charge you for products or services that you've never used, has been a major problem in the US and
Experts believe it has now arrived in the UK.

 

How does the scam work?


  • A local number will ring you

  • The person on the phone will then introduce themselves and the company they supposedly work for

  • They then ask: 'Can you hear me?'

  • Your answer is recorded, and if you say 'yes', your response will be edited and then used to charge you for products or services without
    Your knowledge

 

If you try to disagree with them, they will then play back their recording of you saying 'yes' and threaten to take legal action if you don't pay up.

 


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Pudsey Bear

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Our BT phone should sort them out, and a yes recording sounds too simplistic, they would need you to say other words to constitute any kind of order, they may also need you to give them some means of payment, can;t see it working in Yorkshire
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Even more unconvinced now

http://www.snopes.com/can-you-hear-me-scam/

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Just shows how convincing these Scammers are even with time to think about it people are still taken in. So no wonder they are taken on the spur of the moment when answering a phone call
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They love me when I answer a call where there is no caller id showing - hello, hello, hello, hello, hello.............. then I keep saying it if the voice happens to have any non-Devon accent. Then when they ask for me by name is - what, what, why, why, what,what ...... often they give up, some are quite tenacious and keep asking to speak to me, but I don't ever want to speak to anyone that phones me on my landline. I only ever use my mobile. Best of all is when I get a call from TalkTalk asking for me, then I get very nasty as my TalkTalk account is not in my name, and so I know it has to be a scam.


My missus says I'm horrible and not to be so nasty to people, I love it, I don't get much excitement otherwise these days

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I've been with TalkTalk for quite some time, from well before the hacking incident, so am quite prepared for the occasional call from them.

I always ask if the caller would like me to switch my computer on; "Oh yes please" (it's usually already on [biggrin]) I then enquire if they would also like my bank details at which point they usually hang up [confused]  

Still no idea if these were genuine calls or not but they now seem to have given up on me [smile] 

One bonus of the hack has been that TalkTalk have tried to halt the hemorrhage of customers by offering existing subscribers, as well as new ones, very good deals: last year I got free landline calls; this year I have a sim offering a free monthly allowance of data, calls and texts.

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Originally Posted by BurtSner
They love me when I answer a call where there is no caller id showing - hello, hello, hello, hello, hello.............. then I keep saying it if the voice happens to have any non-Devon accent. Then when they ask for me by name is - what, what, why, why, what,what ...... often they give up, some are quite tenacious and keep asking to speak to me, but I don't ever want to speak to anyone that phones me on my landline. I only ever use my mobile. Best of all is when I get a call from TalkTalk asking for me, then I get very nasty as my TalkTalk account is not in my name, and so I know it has to be a scam. My missus says I'm horrible and not to be so nasty to people, I love it, I don't get much excitement otherwise these days


Either you and I are related, Simon, or we both went to the same School of Cynicism!

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Just had one Annie from BT asking about our internet connection (which is with P/Net) then said can you hear me 
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