"Can You Hear Me?" Scam Could Cost You

January 30, 2017


It almost sounds like a bad Verizon or Sprint phone joke, but be wary of speaking to anyone on the phone you don't know asking if you can hear them.  The natural response is to say "yes" and believe it or not, that is a scam. Although you'd wonder how saying "yes" would be related to a scam, many police organizations have warned against it.  Scammers record you saying "Yes", isolate it and along with your personal information, order items in your name.  Or to make unauthorized charges on your stolen credit card number.  Once you dispute the charges, the companies have evidence of you saying "yes" to these services or charges. The newest scam is one from 2010 but playing on how quickly we forget things, the "yes" scam is back.  So what to do if you receive an unknown call? Avoid answering it and let it go to voicemail.  If you do pick up and the question is asked, instead of saying "yes", state "I can hear you". Consider getting a robocall blocker that will automatically block unwanted calls and those from numbers known to be from scammers. 


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