CROMWELL, Conn. — August 28, 2023 BBB Serving Connecticut has noticed a trend in Scam Tracker reports filed by local consumers. Here’s how it works: You get a call from someone who almost immediately asks, “Can you hear me?” Their goal is to get you to answer “Yes,” which most people would do instinctively in that situation. There may be some fumbling around; the person may even say something like, “I’m having trouble with my headset.” But in fact, the “person” may be a robocall recording your conversation… and that “Yes” answer you gave can later be edited to make it sound like you authorized a major purchase.
Here are examples of the reports we’ve received from Connecticut consumers recently:
“Wanted for me to answer “yes” to did I receive my new Medicare card. I was all set with my cards & told him so. He just hung up. I redialed the number to check if it was Medicare. No such number in service,” a Monroe resident reported.
“Can you hear me? Robocall . Caller asked if I could hear him and when I said yes ..I believe my response was recorded,” stated a Waterbury man.
“I received a call from an unknown number, I have been applying for jobs so I answered, the caller said “Hello?” I said “Hi” and then the woman said “Hello? Can you hear me?” I said “Yes, this is ******* ****” then the caller disconnected. I tried to call the number back but it would not connect and said the number was not valid,"reported a New Britain woman.
So far, none have reported losing money, but it’s unclear how the scams will play out over time or if the targets will be victimized later.