Anybody with a cell phone has spoken the words "can you hear me?". But according to reports, answering that question from an unknown caller could lead you to be the victim of the latest tech-scam.

It seems harmless enough - you receive a call from someone who identifies themselves as being associated with a business. But before launching into their spiel, they ask, "can you hear me?".

You answer "yes", and it may be too late.

The Better Business Bureau reports that the scammers will then turn around 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."

Their advice:

  • Hang up immediately
  • Write down the number of the caller
  • Report the incident to the FTC.

And it's not just through word of mouth that I've heard of this scam popping up in New Jersey, my father actually told me that he received a similar call recently.

Have you received a call like this? Comment below and let us know what happened.

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