Police warn of phone scammers seeking ‘yes’ response

Published Feb 16, 2017 at 4:00pm

If you answer the phone and an unfamiliar voice asks “Can you hear me?” law enforcers advise that you say nothing and hang up.

State police say a telephone scam known as the “Yes scam” has been reported across the state recently. The scammer’s goal is to get you to say “yes” and record your positive response, then use it to place unauthorized charges against your utility or credit card accounts.

“We have certainly received complaints regarding that telephone scam,” said Rome Police Captain Timothy J. Bates.

“We don’t know quite yet where that’s going to lead. It’s a bit of a mystery where they’re going with the recording, quite possible they’re going to use it for future fraudulent scams.”

Bates said several people in the City of Rome have been tricked into answering “yes” to the telephone calls, and those people have been warned to keep their eyes on their bank accounts and credit scores.

Police say the best way to avoid falling victim to this scam is to just hang up. If you think you may have been scammed, check your utility bills and credit card statements for unauthorized charges and then dispute them.

“We certainly advise them to monitor their accounts and their credit reports,” Bates said.