A New Phone Scam To Look Out For

Someone talking to a scammer
Scammers try old tricks for new scams.
Phone scams are nothing new, but every so often old tricks get popular again. Forbes reports that answering one phone call could spell disaster for your identity and credit cards alike.

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Answering One Simple Question Could Make You A Victim In Latest Scam

For years, scammers posing as agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have been targeting taxpayers. Another scam making the rounds this year highlights the danger of responding to those kinds of calls - even if you think you're getting the upper hand.

As part of the current scam, fraudsters are making calls and asking, "Can you hear me?" If you answer with "yes," your answer is recorded and may be used by the scammer to authorize bogus charges on a credit card or a phone or utility bill.

Other variations on the scam include asking other yes/no questions like "Are you the person responsible for paying the telephone bill?" and "Are you the homeowner?"

According to Susan Grant of the Consumer Federation of America, "It's not a brand new scam" and it "has popped up now and then in different variations before." This latest variation has been reported mostly on the east coast of late.

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Erb, Kelly Phillips. "Answering One Simple Question Could Make You A Victim In Latest Scam." Forbes. N.p., 30 Jan. 2017. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.