So, first scam is called the imposter scam. Every one of us has gotten a call from the IRS, the Social Security Administration, the FBI and they usually say in these voicemails, “Hey, you owe us money and if you don’t pay us now or call us now you’re gonna be in big, big trouble.” So, last year, the FTC got 35000 complaints about this imposter scam and over 10 million bucks were stolen. Wow! So, I’m gonna have you play one of these. It’s actually an FTC voicemail, so you can see what it sounds like. Okay. Enforcement agency to suspend your social security number on an immediate basis as we have received suspicious trails of information in your name. The moment you receive this message, I need you to get back to me. 1-8-8-8-9-5-2-5-5-5-4. Verify the last four digits of your social security number when you call to better assist you with this issue. Now if I don’t hear a call from you we will have to issue an arrest warrant under your name and get you arrested. So I actually got one of these calls, like many people, from the IRS. They said I owed ’em 1300 bucks. If I didn’t call back I’d be arrested. Now, the IRS is not gonna leave you a threatening voicemail. Nor are they gonna say that they’re going to come and arrest ya. Right, they will send you a letter in the mail. Yeah. But what’s important about when you get these calls is they always ask for the last four digits of your social. Because you can go online and for about $19.95 buy a background check on somebody that reveals the first five digits of the social. So if they can con you out of the last four, they now have your complete social. They can open up credit cards. They may own you. Yeah, they can make your life an absolute misery. (audience applauding)
Okay, next scam. Next scam is pretty creative. You get a phone call, you answer the phone and the very first words out of the person’s mouth are, “Can you hear me?” They want you to say yes because they’re trying to record your voice saying yes, so they can authorize fraudulent charges. Wow! So if you get one of those calls, hang up immediately. That’s amazing!
Yes. That’s like the guy in the commercial, “Can ya hear me now? Can ya hear me now? Can ya hear me now?” If somebody calls you and actually says that, hang up! Right! Do not say yes, whatever you do, don’t say yes. (audience applauding) What’s the new book about? “Agent of Influence”. So it’s about spy persuasion secrets. How you can use spy skills to persuade people, improve your life. It’s how the CIA recruits people to spy for the U.S. That’s fabulous! (audience laughing)
Yep. And everybody here is gonna be so much more devious tomorrow ’cause you’re all gonna go home with a copy of “Agent of Influence”. (audience cheering) Good deal. Awesome! Good deal. Thank you, appreciate it! (chimes chiming) (audience applauding) (chimes chiming) (silence)