‘Can You Hear Me’ Phone Scam Has Hit East Texas
By saying just one word, you could be the victim of a growing scam according to CBS 19 and the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker. The "can you hear me" scam is very clever compared to other phone scams by using the simple answer of "yes" to make you the victim.
According to BBB Scam Tracker, residents in Tyler, Longview, Kilgore and other East Texas cities have reported the scam. The most recent report was darted January 27, 2017 saying:
Caller hurri(e)dly says he saw that I am interested in obtaining Social Security Disability. Then he asks if I can hear him. He wants me to say yes so that he can record it. I told him I never asked about his product and not to call me again. He quickly hung up.
Another from January 27:
Automated call that said my new truck warranty is expiring and asked if I'd like to speak to an officer about it. I said yes and it collected me to a person. When I told them the year and model of my truck it automatically hung up on me.
On January 29, 2017:
... the caller asked if I was there. I said this is she. Then he said can you hear me and I said yes before I realized it was a scam.
Here's how it works according to the Better Business Bureau:
You receive a recorded call from someone who provides an introduction and identifies the business or agency they supposedly represent. After the introduction, the recording will ask if you can hear the caller clearly. If you answer "yes" there's a possibility that the scam artist behind the phone call has recorded you and will use your agreement to sign you up for a product or service and then demand payment. If you refuse, the caller may produce your recorded "yes" response to confirm your purchase agreement.
If you get one of these calls, simply hang up. Also, write down the phone number you got the call from and file a scam report with the Better Business Bureau and Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call List.