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If you pick up the phone and hear a stranger asking, “Can you hear me?” you need to hang up immediately. Most importantly, do not answer the question.
This is the latest phone scam that has law enforcement agencies on red alert. Like the one-ring hangup phone scam, its just the latest twist on a classic con to dupe innocent people out of their money.
The Better Business Bureau recently published a post warning people about the risks of answering the phone when a scammer is on the other end. According the BBB, scammers will place calls to potential marks by asking the question, “Can you hear me?” The goal is to get the victim to answer, “Yes.”
The moment you respond in the affirmative, the scammer can record your voice. They can then use your own words and voice to trap you into shady financial agreements.
So far, there have been no confirmed reports of people in the US falling for the scam, but many have reported receiving these suspicious calls.
Scroll through to learn what you can do to protect yourself.
If someone falls into the trap and says yes, the scammer might start billing them for services they never actually signed up for.
They might call back demanding money or intimidating the victim into handing over their credit card billing information, by using their voice recording as “proof” that they actually did willingly sign up for the service.
Fortunately, a faked voice agreement doesn’t really mean you signed up for anything, even if you do say yes by mistake.