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NBC2 News - Jan 31, 2017
LEE COUNTY - If you receive a call and the caller asks, "Can you hear me?", you might end up a victim to fraud if you say "Yes." It's the latest phone scam targeting millions across the country, including Southwest Florida.
CBS Local - Jan 31, 2017
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Authorities in Tarrant County have issued a public warning about a phone scam, where victims are tricked into thinking that they owe money to a law enforcement agency. The suspect then attempts to convince the victim to buy Green Dot Money Cards.
SILive.com - Jan 30, 2017
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Law enforcement officials around the country are warning people to beware of a possible phone scam that starts off with the line: "Can you hear me?" Don't answer. Hang up.
USA TODAY - Jan 27, 2017
SEATTLE — A growing "Can you hear me?" phone scam can make you a victim if you utter just one word: "Yes." This is how it works, according to the Better Business Bureau: An automated call provides an introduction and identifies a business or agency. After the intro, the recording will ask if you can hear clearly.
WNYT - Jan 26, 2017
WATERFORD -- Police in Waterford are warning residents about a new phone scam targeting local residents. It starts as a text message claiming to be from Key Bank Security. The receiver is then told to call 375-2162. That number then instructs the caller that there is an issue and the caller must leave their banking information along with their social security number. If you receive a text or call like this, hang up. It's a scam.
NorthJersey.com - Jan 26, 2017
The state’s Board of Public Utilities is considering a new area code for South Jersey, authorities said Wednesday. The board found out in October 2015 that the 609 area code would run out of available numbers in 2018 if a new area code was not added to that part of the state. The process is called “area code relief” and it happens when a new code is added by either redrawing the existing boundary lines or adding a new area code to the existing geographic area, the BPU said in a release Wednesday.
WXYZ - Jan 26, 2017
CLINTON TOWNSHIP., Mich. (WXYZ) - When Mary Kuczborski of Clinton Township answers her phone, she doesn't expect to be hit with questions. But that's what happened Thursday evening. "When it came on it was a gentleman, nice voice, and he says, 'can you hear me?,'" Kuczborski said.
Shore News Today - Jan 25, 2017
TRENTON – The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (Board) said in a statement Wednesday that it has begun the process of considering a request filed by Neustar, the Federal Communications Commission’s designated North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), seeking to create a new area code for the 609 Numbering Plan Area (NPA) or area code.
Daily Californian - Jan 23, 2017
The 510 area code, which covers western portions of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, is expected to use up its available suffixes by June 2018. Telecommunications service providers recommended that California Public Utilities Commission, or CPUC, use the overlay method, meaning it will add a new area code in the region, in addition to the 510 area code. The plan, pending CPUC approval, would add a new area code by December 2017, according to CPUC’s website.
WHIO - Jan 19, 2017
Northwestern Local Schools officials are advising the Springfield community about what they believe is a phone scam involving school tax collections. District officials on Thursday evening sent a Facebook message to the community that "Northwestern does not collect any funds directly nor are we contacting community members regarding this."