BBB warning about "Can You Hear Me?" scam

Published: Jan. 30, 2017 at 3:52 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (BBB) -- Reports of a scam that BBB first became aware of late last year have been increasing rapidly across various parts of the country in the last few days. BBB is warning consumers to not respond if they receive a call and the caller asks “Can You Hear Me?” Answering “yes” is all a scammer needs to put the scam in motion.

Consumers across the country are reporting the phone scam via BBB Scam Tracker. They say, calls are about vacation packages, cruises, warranties, and other big ticket items. So far, none have reported money loss, but it’s unclear how the scams will play out over time, or if the targets will be victimized at a later date.

Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau says, “While our area has not been one of the area’s hit with a surge in these calls yet, we want to alert consumers and businesses that it’s cropping up in a large number of major cities throughout the country. If you get a call from an unknown source resist the urge to be polite, and just hang up.”

The BBB is keeping a close watch on the BBB Scam Tracker for the Chicago and Northern Illinois area and there are no reports of money lost or a surge in calls as of Monday, January 30, 2017. This alert serves as a preventive measure for consumers in our area.

For more details on how this scam works, please click on the attached related link.

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