'Can you hear me?' The wrong answer can get you in trouble

Posted at 9:37 PM, Jan 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-30 09:33:56-05
If you get a phone call from someone asking if you can hear them, hang up.
That's advice from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Because the wrong answer of saying "yes" could have you agreeing to stuff you don't want--and you won't even know it.
The BBB says works like this:
  • You'll receive a call claiming to be from an agency or organization
  • Once you're hooked, they ask if you can hear them clearly
  • If you say yes or give an affirmative answer the recording of your words could be used to prove you signed up for products or services that you never wanted.
The BBB recommends filing complaints with the Federal Trade Commission, and BBB Scamtracker. You'll also want to check your bank, credit card, credit bureau reports regularly if you happen to fall for it. 
My advice? Don't pick up calls from numbers you don't know.
If it's important they'll leave a message. If not, you may have just saved yourself a lot of grief.
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