“Can you hear me?” It sounds like something you’d hear in a cell phone commercial, but police say you should hang up immediately if you’re asked that question by someone you don’t know — because it could be a scam. …
Sometime during the call, the scammer will ask, “Can you hear me?”
“All of us, our natural response is to say, yes, or sure, or yes I can,” said [Officer Jo Ann Hughes from the Norfolk Police Department].
But she warned that this is exactly the response you should avoid in this situation because the crooks could be recording your “yes” response to sign you up for a product or service that you never agreed to. If you later try to deny the charges, the scammers will offer as “evidence” your recorded voice agreeing to the charges and will then threaten legal action if you refuse to pay.