Recently, the Better Business Bureau and other news outlets have been warning about the "Can You Hear Me" scam.
What it is: A telemarketer will call, go into some monologue, then asks if you can hear them. Once you say "Yes", that can but used as a "consent" for the goods or services they are peddling. A lot of the time the number is of a local area code so the victim is rarely alerted to danger.
What's the danger: As stated, the goods and services that are being pitched can be expensive, have a contract, be illegal, who knows. You could be unknowingly giving them permission to pull your credit, you sould be allowing them to sign you up for another utility or a delivery. More sophisticated scammers have your number but may also have other information that was phished somewhere else from your records.
What to do: If you must answer an unknown number, be mindful of questions that require a yes or no answer. If the caller stated they are from the DMV, IRS, Social Security Administration, or other government agencies, hang up. They will not call you without you initializing it. They will normally reach you by mail. If you are worried about charges on your phone bill or credit card, contact those companies and make sure you have paper copies of your statements. You can always give us a call if you need to be pointed in the right direction.
To research or report scams in your area - www.bbb.org/scamtracker