If you've ever rushed to get out of the shower to answer a ringing phone that has a robocaller at the end, you most likely know that it wasn't the shampoo in your eyes that was irritating you. In fact, it was a recording of "Emily" or some other bubbly headset-wearing woman that infuriated you more and more as you continued to listen.
And when you answered the line for the first time when you received a robocall, the call probably went like this, "Hello.....Oh hi there.....Oh I am so sorry about that, I was having a little problem with my headset! Anyway, my name is Emily."
What's worse, is that when you took the call you probably thought it was a real person making the call and not a recording. You thought to yourself, "Who is Emily, and what does she want?"
Unfortunately, Emily isn't alive; she's a robocall recording. And she doesn't want anything from you. Those listening in; however, do. Among other things, robocalls are designed to get you to say the word "yes."
In the time that you listened in on the phone to robocaller Emily, you probably pictured in your mind a bubblegum-chewing twit playfully twirling her hair around her fingers while she giggled and talked to you. Although she sounded nice, she probably ruined your mood, as well. You most likely didn't know it at the time, but you were subjected to the "Can You Hear Me" automated robocall scam.
Automated robocall scams such as these are on the rise, reaching an estimated 3.4 billion in April, according to the New York Times. What's more, you don't want to be snared by the shady businesses that participate in robocall scams.