The Real Purpose Of The “Can You Hear Me?” Phone Scam

Hey there!

Scammers are nothing if not ingenious. And there’s a scam that’s been going around for years I want you to be particularly aware of. And even though it can be harmfule, we’re giving scammers a bit more credit than they’re due.

It’s called the “Can You Hear Me?” scam. Here’s what it really is, how to recognize it, and how to avoid it.

Hope this helps!

David

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  1. I’m always amused when the “tech support department of Microsoft” tells me I have terrible problems with Windows–on my Mac. Yep, they really know their stuff, those “technicians” in Calcutta.

    1. I get those, too, and we have nothing but Macs in our house. So I usually laugh at them and hang up.

  2. Or just don’t answer the phone for numbers that are restricted or that you don’t recognize from cities you don’t think you know anyone, let them leave a message. If you need to get back with them, you can. Or not.

  3. The one that got me (only once) is when she cutesy female on the other end of the phone is laughing because she’s having trouble with her headset. It’s another version of the “can you hear me,” and the first time it was very convincing.

  4. Scammers make me so sad. It’s so hard to believe that scammers do what they do without enough horrible guilt that they would never do it in the first place. Sigh! Thanks for the video David.

  5. Several years ago I started answering any call for which I didn’t recognize the number. If it’s important they’ll leave a message. I rarely get any messages. What’s interesting is that I get more call on my cell phone that my land line which rarely gets any and both numbers are on the do not call list.