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Posted on: March 31, 2017

Town of Palm Beach Alerts Residents To Be Aware of "Can You Hear Me" Scams

The Town is alerting residents to be aware of “Can You Hear Me” scams which is being perpetrated by callers seeking to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim's utility or credit card account. 

According to complaints the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received and public news reports, the fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call, such as a mortgage lender or utility, to establish a legitimate reason for trying to reach the consumer. 
 
The scam begins when a consumer answers a call and the person at the end of the line asks, “Can you hear me?”  The caller then records the consumer's "Yes" response and thus obtains a voice signature.  This signature can later be used by the scammers to pretend to be the consumer and authorize fraudulent charges via telephone.  
 
If you receive this type of call, immediately hang up.  If you have already responded to this type of call, review all of your statements such as those from your bank, credit card lender, or telephone company for unauthorized charges.  If you notice unauthorized charges on these and other types of statements, you have likely been a victim of “cramming”. 

Anyone who believes they have been targeted by this scam should immediately report the incident to the Palm Beach Police Department at (561) 838-5454. 

FCC News Release
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