The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about an old scam used to coerce businesses, but now it’s targeting individual consumers as well.
It’s being called the “can you hear me” scam. Basically you get a call from someone who almost immediately asks “can you hear me.” Their goal is to get you to say “yes,” and by just saying that, scammers can edit it to make it sound like you just authorized a major purchase.
The Better Business Bureau says the person calling may just be a robocall recording your conversation. Consumers say the calls are about vacation packages, cruises, warranties and other big ticket items.
The good news is so far nobody has reported that they’ve lost any money. However, over the last few days of the month, more than half of the reports from the Better Business Bureau’s scam tracker have been about this one particular scam.
BBB says don’t pick up the phone for numbers you don’t recognize, and to jot the number down and report it to them.
They add that if you get a call and someone asks “can you hear me?,” to just hang up!