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Latest phone scam targeting thousands across the country

Can you hear me ripoff tricks consumers
Posted: 6:41 PM, Feb 14, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-14 23:41:52Z

It starts with your phone ringing. When you pick up the phone they say, “Are you there? I am sorry I was having trouble hearing you.”

And the Better Business Bureau says when you answer that simple question a scam is born. The concern the BBB has is them using your recorded voice in a future billing service.

Over 4500 reports about these robo calls have poured into the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 weeks.

Gold and Diamond Source owner Julie Weintraub says she's received several calls this month alone. So how does answering seemingly innocent questions put you at risk? The BBB says the bad guys might then use your affirmative answer to try and trap you into future purchases.

The best advice, don't answer unknown numbers, just hang up when you get one of these calls and check your bank, credit card and phone bill statements for unauthorized charges.