KPD warns about new phone scam

KPD warns about new phone scam

LIHUE — The Federal Communications Commission has issued a warning to consumers about the “Can you hear me?” phone scam, which can make an unsuspecting person a victim by saying one simple word: “yes.”

The scam begins when a consumer answers a call and the person on the line asks, “Can you hear me?” The caller then records the consumer’s “yes” response and thus obtains a voice signature, the FCC said.

That voice signature can later be used by the scammers to impersonate the consumer and authorize fraudulent charges via telephone.

While there have been no reports of this scam on Kauai, the public is advised to be on alert, said the Kauai Police Department.

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The Garden Island

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