If You Receive This Phone Call, Just Hang Up
This is very, VERY important.
If a number you don’t know calls you and says, “can you hear me?, do not under ANY circumstances reply.
Just hang up and do not say anything.
It’s am elaborate phone scam going on in the United States and the UK, which has now made its way to Australia.
They ask, “can you hear me?” because they want you to reply, ‘yes’. They wish to record the ‘yes’ and use it to commit fraud.
The caller on the other end of the phone may ask the question several times, prompting you to answer, but it’s of the utmost importance that you don’t answer and you just HANG UP.
The reason they do this is so that the recording of the victim’s voice can then be used to authorise payments or charges in the victim’s name with voice recognition.
Because it is the person’s voice authorising transactions, it makes it hard to dispute later if a victim claims they have been scammed.
Sunshine Coast Police warned anyone who received calls of this nature had “serious and legitimate reasons to be concerned”, the Sunshine Coast Daily reports.
“We’re now sharing this post statewide as we believe it to be hitting many areas,” police warn.