Beware of the “Can you hear me?” phone scam
There are warnings about another phone scam that records your answer to the question: “Can you hear me?” If you respond “yes,” the recording may be used to confirm the purchase of a product or service and later demand payment for it.
The questions vary: It could be “are you the lady of the house?”; “do you pay the household telephone bills?”; “are you the homeowner?”; or any number of similar yes/no questions. A reasonable response is “Who are you, and why do you want to know?” Or hang up immediately. Don’t press any buttons. That alerts fraudsters that your phone number is an active number.
Do not answer the phone if you do not recognize the number on your caller ID. Scammers rarely leave messages.
Do not respond “yes,” “sure” or “okay” to anything.
Never give out personal information including your phone number.
If you can, write down the number and report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program at 802-656-3183.