The No. 1 consumer complaint to DATCP in 2016 was telemarketing. Telemarketing complaints spiked in 2016, up 45 percent from the previous year with 3,685 total complaints. While 2017 may still be young, telemarketing inquiries are already off to a busy start due to a recent rash of potential scam phone calls known as "yes" scams.
Consumers are reporting to DATCP that they have received calls out of the blue where a friendly voice asks "can you hear me?" (or a similar question). The call recipient's first instinct could get the best of them, as their "yes" response may be recorded and used against them.
Con artists may be using these recordings of people saying "yes" to bill them for products or services they never actually agreed to.