Telemarketers are annoying but scammers are worse — much worse. But worse still are scammers who pretend to be telemarketers.
For instance, imagine that someone pretending to be a telemarketer were to call you, introduce himself to you and then suddenly ask, “Can you hear me?”
The tendency of most people would be to reply “yes,” but doing that could unwittingly cost you a whole lot of dough.
According to WTKR, the scam works like this: “(S)cammers record your ‘yes’ response, and then use it to sign you up for a product or service you never asked for. If you try to deny the charges, the scammers will playback your verbal confirmation ‘yes’ and threaten to take legal action if you don’t pay.”
To avoid becoming a victim to this scam, police reportedly recommend that you avoid answering unknown numbers and refrain from answering questions over the phone. Also, only give out your phone number to people you trust.
Moreover, CBS News reported that one of the best ways to avoid becoming a victim of this scam is to sign up for Nomorobo, a service that reportedly blocks unwanted phone calls from scammers and telemarketers.
But what do you do if you become a victim of this scam? First and foremost, report it, regardless of how embarrassed you might feel.
“A lot of times, victims do not want to come forward because they are embarrassed,” Norfolk Police Department officer Jo Ann Hughes told WTKR. “They feel like, ‘It was my fault. I should have known better,’ and they are just embarrassed by it all together. So we do not get a whole lot of reports, unfortunately.”
Second, check your credit card, phone and cable statements for any unfamiliar charges. If you find any, dispute them immediately. Likewise, if you run into trouble while trying to dispute these charges, immediately contact the Federal Trade Commission.
Last but not least, do not feel bad or guilty. It happens to the best of us. Just be careful.
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