BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU ANSWER STRANGE NUMBERS YOU DON’T KNOW
THINK of a time when you’ve answered the phone and found you can’t hear who’s on the other end – what happens next?
Usually the caller will say some version of, “Can you hear me?”. That will prompt you to respond ‘yes’, which is exactly what a dangerous new scam is hoping for.
Criminals have been ringing people, asking them the question and then Using an all new tracking device to know their exact location.
That simple little response to that is the trigger the illegal telephone device requires to do all sorts of damage to unsuspecting victims eg. making their locations known for possible kidnap, sign you up for voice prompted services that they enjoy but you foot the bill.. etc
The problem? Even if you insist to the company that you never agreed for their service, they will have that all-important recording of you saying ‘yes’.
This is known as a voice signature and it can be used to show you’ve agreed to buy something, whether we’re talking about a TV or a phone upgrade.
The worst case scenario is that they could threaten you with legal action if you don’t stump up payment.
Worryingly, the recording could even be used to give the go-ahead to credit card payments which have been flagged as suspicious.
The scam has been sweeping America lately, with the concern that it won’t take long to hit the UK.
There are a host of applications that can help with this. One is CPR Call Blocker is a device which helps stop unwanted calls, and the people behind the company claim the scam is highly likely to hit Britain before long.
Kris Hicks of the firm told the Sunderland Echo: “Victims in the US have received a phone call from a familiar local area code and the other person on the other end of the line introduces themselves and their business.
“I know that people think it’s impolite to hang up, but it’s a good strategy. If you don’t recognise the number, don’t answer.”