January 31, 2017
Re: Press Release
“CAN YOU HEAR ME” SCAM REPORTED LOCALLY IN THE MINOCQUA AREA
A nationally known rip off racket known as the “Can you hear me?” scam has been reported in the Minocqua area. This is a robocall generated scam that happens something like this: Your phone rings and when you answer you hear someone say, “Can you hear me now?” or some variation of that. If you answer the question by stating “yes” the system records your response and uses the recording to make it sound like you agreed to their service. You then could be subject to unexpected charges on your charge cards and/or financial accounts. The scam in the Minocqua area reported the recording as stating “Hey it’s John with customer service, can you hear me?”
Here are a few ways to protect yourself from scams such as this:
Don’t answer phone calls from phone numbers you don’t recognize on your caller ID – if it is important they will leave a message.
Hang up – resist the urge to make a game out of robocall scams or even press any numbers. Scammers will use any kind of response, even negative responses, to flag your number as a working phone number and you may end up getting even more phone call scams.
1. Report the number to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) –
· Or call 1-877- FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
2. Use a call blocking service or App:
· Traditional lines –
· Smartphones –
VoIP - https://www.nomorobo.com/
3. Sign up for the “Do Not Call List” at https://www.donotcall.gov/.
4. Demand action by contacting your local representative to pressure the phone companies to implement robocall filtering technology at their companies.
Please be sure to protect yourself against scammers and remember a basic rule of thumb is if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Educate yourself on how to protect yourself from these criminals. Knowledge is power!
Contact Person: David J Jaeger, Chief of Police