Answer “NO” if asked by callers “Can you hear me?”

​From encrypted passwords to padlocked doors, Canadians will go to extreme lengths to avoid scammers. Now it may not be safe to pick up the phone.
 

A new scam relies on your voice to answer a simple question: “Can you hear me now”? The scammers try to bait callers into answering “yes.”

Anti-fraud agencies say that simple acknowledgment can be used to make it sound as if you signed on for a purchase or service, and there’s a chance you could be on the hook for those charges.

“They’re trying to get a recording of you saying ‘yes,'” said Ron Mycholuk, a spokesman with the Better Business Bureau of Central and Northern Alberta.

“They’re going to take that recorded ‘yes,’ play around with that audio and make it seem to you, or a representative of a business, that you have paid for some advertising, a cruise or a big ticket item, and send you the bill.”

‘Don’t fall into the trap’