Akron, OH - You recieve a call and almost immediately after you say 'hello' - you're greeted with the question, "Can you hear me?" You may even hear some fumbling and someone letting you know they're having trouble with their headset. Little did you know that when you answer 'yes' you are being recorded and it will later be edited to make it sound like you authorized a major purchase.
Since last Friday, January 27th, 65% of reports published to BBB's Scam Tracker are this scam. The scam often begins with the line of 'can you hear me?' followed by a caller (commonly, "an employee" of a home security agency, cruise line, or social security firm) requesting payment for services you never asked for. Using your affirmative statement, you will find that you have been billed for such products or services. If you have recieved such a call, check your credit card, phone and cable statements for any unfamiliar charges. For more information and tips on how to protect yourself - click bbb.org/canyouhearme.