The Kansas City Better Business Bureau has received several calls and reports to Scamtracker about the so-called "Can you hear me" scam. Although, the scammers don't just ask if you can hear them; we've had reports of them asking targets if they're speaking to the correct person, if they're homeowners, if they support certain charitable causes and many more tactics to get a target to say "yes."
The Council of Better Business Bureaus issued a statement concerning the scam that can be found at www.bbb.org/canyouhearme.. The statement includes two recordings of the scammers at work, provided by Pindrop. While it sounds like a human being asking an innocent question, it's actually a pre-recorded automated call. Making unsolicited robocalls is against federal law.
Most calls to the Kansas City area claim to be calling from "customer service" or say that the target has won a vacation prize.
The BBB recommends you consider the following: