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‘Can you hear me’ the latest scam you need to be aware of!

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Next time you answer your phone and are unsure of who is calling you, then you need to hang up the phone immediately.

especially if they call you and ask ‘Can you hear me?’ because if you say ‘Yes’ you’ve just fallen for a scam.

Not just any scam a major one that has already swept across the US and is now hitting the UK

Police here are now warning people to remain vigilant when answering the phone or you could unknowingly become the next target.

How does the scam work?

Criminals are using your voice signatures to try and charge you for products and services that you’ve never used.

If you disagree with them they’ll play back the recording of your own voice saying ‘yes’ They’ll then threaten to take legal action against you if you don’t pay.

What else are they using the recording for?

Now that they have your voice they are using it to authorise the payments of stolen credit cards and other transactions over the telephone.

What happens if I’m targeted?

Contact your bank immediately, they may have already stolen your identity now just need your voice to complete the fraud.

If they don’t already have your bank details they’ll request them when the are making threats of legal action against you.

Is it all a load of nonsense? 

A number of websites have reported that the scam is a load of rubbish and that you can’t make a payment with your voice, that is correct. 

It you are only focusing on that aspect of the Scam you are completely missing the point of the scam and will fall for it. 

With this scam what is happening is they play your agreement back to you and threaten you with legal actions for products and services you have agreed to ‘forcing’ you to make a payment. 

This scam will mainly impact vulnerable people. 

We will see a huge increase of these calls to our phone numbers as the scam sweeps across the U.K.

We thought you best know before you get the call.

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