April 4, 2017
As technology advances, so do the scams of con artists out to snag your cash. Dr. Phil is joined by AARP fraud expert Amy Nofziger to offer advice on how to avoid two of the most common scams that could mean financial disaster if you fall for them.
One of the newest scams comes via your telephone. If you’ve ever receive a call from a number you don’t recognize and the person says, “Can you hear me?” do not answer. The call is designed to get you to say “Yes” so it can be recorded.
“They can splice that ‘Yes’ and then they can add it on to a sales pitch to prove that you agreed to it,” Amy explains. “We don’t know if the scammers are going to use that information today or even 10 years from now. So if anyone ever calls you and is acting weird on the phone, hang up.”
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A second popular con that, according to AARP, could be the biggest consumer scam in the U.S. right now is called the Tech Support scam. This happens via phone call, email or a pop-up on your computer where someone claims to be from Microsoft or Apple and says that you have a serious virus on your computer and they need to access your computer to clear it away.
“Once they’re in your computer, they will wreak havoc and steal your money,” Amy says.