COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Maybe you've gotten one of these lately. Robo calls are sweeping the country right now.
A robotic voice asks one simple question, “Can you hear me?”
Many are now worried about answering “yes” and becoming a victim of identity theft.
For one Colorado Springs woman the calls started in January, coming early in the morning.
Sue Geis says she's received at least nine of them. The robotic voice claims to be “Allison with warranty services" and "Victoria with customer service," asking one question over and over.
Sue relays what was said, “Can you hear me? Then a little bit of a break. Can you hear me? There must be something wrong with my headset. Can you hear me?"
Sue answered, “yes” and now worries that affirmative answer may be used against her later as some kind of proof that she approved a charge when she didn't.
Sue told me, “It is so frustrating because this is my home. I should not have to put up with somebody invading my privacy by using my phone to try to get me to give them information that be used against me."
I’ve heard from several other people in southern Colorado who received the same calls as Sue. They all tell me, Caller ID reveals numbers with a 719-area code, but when you call back, they're either disconnected or play a strange recording about a phone survey.
Bottom line, the calls could be coming from anywhere around the globe and are difficult for authorities to trace.
My contacts at the Federal Trade Commission tell me they have yet to hear of someone who has lost money because of this, but they say it doesn't hurt to take precautions. Keep an eye on your bank accounts and your credit card statements and check out any suspicious charges.
Also, get a copy of your credit report every year and look for any inaccuracies.
Otherwise, don't answer the phone if you don't recognize the number. If you get a call asking a question that requires a “yes” answer, simply hang up.