If You Hear This 4-Word Phrase When You Pick Up the Phone, Hang Up Immediately

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about an old scam with a new twist. The “Can you hear me?” scam has long been used to coerce businesses into purchasing office supplies and directory ads they never actually ordered, but now it’s targeting individual consumers. Consumers say the calls are about vacation packages, cruises, warranties, and even Medicare cards. So far, none have reported money loss, but it’s unclear how the scams will play out over time or if the targets will be victimized later. Their goal is to get you to answer “Yes,” which most people would do instinctively in that situation. There may be some fumbling around; the person may even say something like, “I’m having trouble with my headset.” However, the “person” may be a robocall recording your conversation… and that “Yes” answer you gave can later be edited to make it sound like you authorized a major purchase. Just hang up. If someone calls and asks, “Can you hear me?” or "Is this [your name]?" do NOT answer “Yes.” Just hang up. Scammers change their tactics as the public catches on, so be alert for other questions designed to solicit a simple “yes” answer.