Police are warning people of a scam sweeping the US in which fraudsters attempt to record your voice remotely and scam people out of cash.
Authorities are advising anyone who receives a call from a strange number asking, “Can you hear me?” to hang up immediately.
The phone fraudsters will already have your phone number — and potentially other information — but need a recording of the victim’s answer “yes” to authorize unwanted charges. That’s why they ask if you can hear them.
“You say ‘yes’, it gets recorded, and they say that you have agreed to something,” explains Susan Gran of the Consumer Federation of America, “I know that people think it’s impolite to hang up, but it’s a good strategy.”
Police recommend checking credit card, phone, and cable bills for any extra charges to check you haven’t already been scammed. If you have, you can contact the Federal Trade Commission for help.
To stay safe, never answer a phone call from an unknown number and never give out personal details over the phone.