“Can You Hear Me?” Phone Scam
(Information below from the Better Business Bureau – www.bbb.org)
How the scam works:
You get a call from someone who almost immediately asks “Can you hear me?” Their goal is to get you to answer “Yes,” which most people would do instinctively in that situation. There may be some fumbling around; the person may even say something like “I’m having trouble with my headset.” But in fact, the “person” may just be a robocall recording your conversation . . . and that “Yes” answer you gave can later be edited to make it sound like you authorized a major purchase.
If you receive a similar call:
· Consider subscribing to the Pioneer Communications Do Not Disturb Telemarketing Feature.
Use Caller ID to screen calls, and consider not answering unfamiliar numbers. If it’s important, they will leave a message and you can call back.
· If someone calls and asks “Can you hear me?” do NOT answer “Yes.” Just hang up. Scammers change their tactics as the public catche
s on, so be alert for other questions designed to solicit a simple “Yes” answer.
· Make a note of the number and report it to https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us to help warn others. BBB also shares Scam Tracker information with government and law enforcement agencies, so every piece of information is helpful in tracking down scammers.
· Consider joining the Do Not Call Registry (https://www.donotcall.gov/) to cut down on telemarketing and sales calls. This may not help w
ith all scammers since they don’t bother to pay attention to the law, but you’ll get fewer calls overall, which may help you more quickly notice the ones that could be fraudulent.
· Check your bank and credit card statements regularly for unauthorized charges. It’s also a good idea to checkyour telephone and cell phone bills, as well. Scammers may be using the “Yes” recording of your voice to authorize charges on your phone. This is called “cramming” and it’s illegal.