Yorkville cops warn of scam that uses victim’s own voice
August 15, 2012 5:18PM
Updated: September 17, 2012 12:53PM
Yorkville police are warning small businesses about a scam that uses the victim’s own voice.
According to police, a company claiming to be the online Yellow Pages has been contacting businesses to tell them they have an outstanding bill due.
If the business says it did not approve a charge, the scammer plays a recording which seems to be an employee answering yes and no to certain questions about the billing.
Police say the recording is actually from a previous call, when the scammers asked an employee to confirm their phone number, address and other innocuous details. The recording is re-edited to make it appear they are approving charges.
Yorkville Detective Stacey Mott said only one Yorkville business has reported this scam so far, but she is concerned others may have been contacted. In the Yorkville incident, the business owner ended up giving out her credit card information.
The online Yellow Pages scam started circulating years ago, with small businesses suddenly receiving false invoices for charges of $500 or more.
Normally, police recommend that residents who have their phone number or credit card hacked cancel their service. However, these changes can be more difficult for small businesses. Mott said the Yorkville victim has been inundated with faxes from the scammers since the call.
Business owners who are confronted with this scam can call the Federal Trade Commission at 877-438-4338.
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