'Can you hear me' phone scam aimed at getting people to say 'yes'

Scam is aimed at getting people to say 'yes'
Posted at 11:18 PM, Jan 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-27 13:18:14-05

When Mary Kuczborski answers her phone, she doesn't expect to be hit with questions.

But that's what happened Thursday evening.

"When it came on it was a gentleman, nice voice, and he says, 'can you hear me?,'" Kuczborski said.

Mary was the latest intended victim of a nationwide scam. Asking 'can you hear me?' is aimed at getting the victim to say 'yes.'

The response is recorded by the scammer and then used to authorize unwanted charges on phone or utility bills or credit cards.

Consumer protection experts say it may be rude, but if you get a 'can you hear me' call, the right response is to just hang up.

Mary was a little more colorful.

"Now, what do you want? And it went click," she said.

If you've received this kind of call, you can report it here.