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Old 26th February 2017, 07:15 PM
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Can you hear me ?

A news item over here suggests there could be a potential problem with voice controlled purchases where fraudsters obtain speech by phoning their quarry beforehand.
Time to practice some of the local alternatives, och aye the noo, to be sure !
Maybe the tables should be turned, ask back ..is it safe ?
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Old 26th February 2017, 07:43 PM
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According to snopes, it's unproven, but I confess, if I'm asked a yes or no question from an unknown caller that I haven't hung up on now, I avoid saying yes.
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Old 26th February 2017, 08:10 PM
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Thing is, there are times when voice commands are very useful ..like finding correct spelling.
In the past on the web, couldn't find the correct spelling because it had to be typed.
One great feature of a mobile phone is speaking the word and having it spelt out.
My bank doesn't seem too comfortable with voice control though,
offered verification by voice for telephone banking and then quickly dropped its usage.
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Old 26th February 2017, 10:32 PM
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I just speak welsh at cold callers, they soon hang up
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Old 26th February 2017, 11:28 PM
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Re: Can you hear me ?

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I just speak welsh at cold callers, they soon hang up
Funny, just today I was thinking that I needed to learn to speak Afrakaans, just for that very reason. I get loads of spammer calls here.
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Old 27th February 2017, 12:26 AM
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That story tends to trigger my BS sensor, if any capture of the word "yes" from a person would work, then why would they use such an odd question? Why not something more ordinary like "Is your address XYZ Road?" or "are you the owner of the property at this number?"
If we could never use the word "yes" on the phone anymore I'd think we'd all have to get rid of our phones entirely.
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Old 27th February 2017, 01:55 AM
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I never ever answer my phone unless it's a number I know.

If it's really important, they will know how to contact me in 3 other ways, once something clicks, I will call them to ask what's up.
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Old 27th February 2017, 07:21 AM
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Re: Can you hear me ?

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According to snopes, it's unproven, but I confess, if I'm asked a yes or no question from an unknown caller that I haven't hung up on now, I avoid saying yes.
Snopes is, and has, no authority and is as useless as a random, opinionated blogger. I've had family members who have recently received calls that suspiciously asked "can you hear me?". Luckily they all hung up without answering. Other than not answering at all, I suppose that is the best we can do.
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Old 27th February 2017, 01:20 PM
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I never ever answer my phone unless it's a number I know.

If it's really important, they will know how to contact me in 3 other ways, once something clicks, I will call them to ask what's up.
I would do the same if it weren't for the fact I'm running a business. Unknown numbers could be a new client so I have to answer. Filtering all calls through an answer machine is a guaranteed way of pissing people off unfortunately.

I do add nuisance call numbers to my smartphone's privacy filter though as last year I had cause to actually report the persistent offenders to the Information Commissioner and they wanted a log of times and dates the numbers called. The phone filter records this information so builds excellent evidence for them to take the offenders to task with.

Also in the UK if you get spam text messages you can simply forward them to 7726 which spells spam. It's the Information Commissioner's automated SMS spam reporting system.
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