Police Warn That If You Answer The Phone To These Four Words, You Should Hang Up Immediately

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Image: David Goehring
Image: David Goehring

Now what’s important to remember is that the goal of most scammers is to steal your personal information. Do this, and they can pretend to be you in order to access more sensitive stuff – like bank accounts. It’s for this reason that many scammers target business owners with publicly listed information.

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Image: jcfrog

Additionally, scammers focus on the elderly, who are sometimes naive to the more sinister workings of modern criminals. An elderly person will also often have a nest egg of cash built up for retirement, and unfortunately this makes them very attractive to con artists.

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Image: via Mountain Home Air Force Base

So what’s new with this recently reported scam? Well, for starters, the alleged scheme is much simpler than previous ones. It’s also supposed to be worryingly effective. People are called by an unknown number, and if an individual then answers, they are greeted with four innocuous words: “can you hear me?”

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