Nationwide Seniors Alert: One Word in a Phone Call Could Cost You Financially, BBB Warns

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Chicago, IL – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is issuing a warning about a new scam specifically targeting seniors and the hearing impaired, where saying just one word—”yes”—can lead to significant financial loss. 

Scammers are making calls and prompting individuals to say “yes” on a recorded line, potentially using that affirmation to fraudulently authorize large purchases. The BBB advises everyone, especially seniors and those with hearing difficulties, to hang up immediately if an unknown caller asks, “Can you hear me?” or mentions problems with their headset. 

To protect yourself, do not answer calls from unrecognized numbers, never share personal information over the phone, and consider registering with the National Do Not Call Registry at donotcall.gov. Reporting these scam calls to the BBB Scam Tracker can help prevent others from falling victim.

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