SCAM ALERT: "Can You Hear Me?"

  
     
February 23, 2017

In last part of January, reports for the ‘can you hear me’ scam were flooding in. In fact, half of the reports on our scam tracker were for just this scam alone.

If you haven’t heard, it goes a little something like this…

"Uh oh, my headset is going out on me. Can you hear me?"

"Yes."

Just like that, the scammer has recorded you agreeing ‘yes’ to who knows what - a ‘free’ trip to the Bahamas, a cruise, a monthly membership.

If you get a call like this one, just hang up! And whatever you do, don’t say ‘yes,’ which may be harder than it seems. And if you do - don’t panic.

We haven’t heard reports of people losing money to this scam, but you should keep a close eye on all of your credit card statements just in case.

It’s also a good idea to check your cell phone and landline bills - scammers may be using your ‘yes’ recording to authorize charges on your phone. This is called cramming, and it’s illegal.

If you get a call like this one, report the phone number on our scam tracker at bbb.org.