in #CASE you missed it… Beware Of "Can You Hear Me?" Phone Scam
According to multiple news agencies, there’s a new scam going around that we need to be aware of. It’s pretty simple, but they warn it could be dangerous. A scammer calls and asks “Can you hear me?” – which sounds like a simple question that most of us would just answer “yes” to. But the scam is that caller then records you saying “yes” and uses your response to authorize credit card charges.
"You say 'yes,' it gets recorded and they say that you have agreed to something," says Susan Grant, director of consumer protection for the Consumer Federation of America. "I know that people think it's impolite to hang up, but it's a good strategy."
The most popular question seems to be “Can you hear me?” but there are other questions being used to get a “yes” response, like “Are you the homeowner?” and “Do you pay the bills?” If you do get a suspicious call, authorities advise hanging up and calling the police right away. And if you’ve gotten a call like this before, make sure you monitor your credit activity, just in case.
Here are some other tips for avoiding this scam:
Don’t answer the phone from numbers you do not recognize.
Don’t give out personal information.
Don’t confirm your number over the phone.
Don’t answer questions over the phone.