If you pick up the phone and the person on the other end says “can you hear me?” – just hang up.
The newest phone scam is reportedly when fraudsters will ask you that question, and if you respond “yes”, they will edit your answer to prove you had willingly subscribed to a service contract or purchased an unwanted product. Sometimes, the calls may be placed by a live person but are usually automated.
“Keep in mind, a scammer may already have gotten their hands on some of your personal information, such as credit card numbers, which they can use in tandem with your recorded affirmation to push through charges,” the Better Business Bureau of Southfield, Mich told Global News. “If you answer, ‘Yes,’ there’s a possibility that the scam artist behind the phone call has recorded you and will use your agreement to sign you up for a product or service and then demand payment. If you refuse, the caller may produce your recorded ‘yes’ response to confirm your purchase agreement.”
So far, there are no reports of Canadians being defrauded by the scam. You can find more details here.