2017-02-15 / Front Page

‘YES’ phone scam hits Putnam

Authorities issue consumer alert
Eric Gross

If you receive a voice from an unfamiliar person asking: “Can you hear me?” or any other query provoking a ‘yes’ response, hang up the phone! 

That’s the advice of State Police because as Troop K Major Robert Nuzzo explained: “By answering ‘yes’ you become a potential victim of the ‘YES’ scam.”

Police have received numerous reports of individuals calling homes and businesses asking questions resulting in the receiver being required to say ‘yes.’

Major Nuzzo said the “scammer’s goal is to have the call taker say the word ‘yes’ during the conversation. The unscrupulous individual then records the victim’s positive reply and the response is used to place unauthorized charges against the victim’s utility bills or credit card accounts.”

Nuzzo added: “If you receive such a call, simply hang up the phone. Never say ‘yes’ to the caller and if you believe you have already been scammed, check your utility bill or credit card statement for unauthorized charges.”

Those being victimized may contact the State Police at 279-6161 or 677-7300. Calls may also be made to the Federal Trade Commission.

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