‘Can You Hear Me’ Scam Targets Indian River County

New cell phone scam hits Indian River County.
New cell phone scam hits Indian River County.

SEBASTIAN – There’s a new scam targeting cell phone users in Indian River County from people who claim to represent a business.

The scam works by someone calling someone on their cell phone and asking, “Can you hear me?” If you answer “yes,” the scammer records it and uses it against you.

This is how it works: If they get you to say “yes,” then they use the recording to sign you up for a product or service. But gets tricky, and these scammers are stealing money from people.

The caller will claim to represent a home security agency, a cruise line, or a government employee with Social Security. They use extortionist tactics.

The scammer will then demand payment for the product or service. If you refuse, the scammer may play back your recorded “yes” to a response that you confirm your agreement to buy their product or service.

The best thing to do is hang up, especially if there’s a long pause at the beginning of the conversation. These are usually robocalls.

Try not to answer “yes,” “sure” or “ok.” The numbers will appear as “Unknown Caller” or from an out of state area code.

Also, if you are asked to press a button to be placed on the Do Not Call Registry, just hang up. These scammers are also using the touch tones that you press to confirm your agreement to buy their product.

Make sure your phone is on the Do Not Call Registry by clicking here.

Please keep in mind that no government agency will ever solicit you, especially for the Do Not Call Registry.

Remember that no government agency will never solicit for the Do Not Call Registry.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and raised in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. In broadcasting, he has worked for WFLX-TV, WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. Andy has also worked as a computer engineer and a senior systems analyst for a variety of top companies. He has lived in Sebastian since 2002, and joined Sebastian Daily as our editor in chief in 2016. Andy’s family has lived in Sebastian for over 45 years.