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BBB warns about "can you hear me" scam

Posted at 5:36 PM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 19:36:35-05
A new scam is targeting your cell phone, but scammers aren't looking for your personal information. 
According to the Better Business Bureau, they only want a quick answer. 
Susann Miller with the BBB in Tucson says scammers are trying to get callers to simply say "yes."
It's called the "can you hear me?" scam. 
Miller tells KGUN 9 that most phone calls are from local numbers, so the person receiving the call is likely to pick up the phone call. 
But when the person receiving the call answers, the person on the other end asks, "can you hear me?" in a distressed voice.
No matter what they ask you, Miller stresses you should hang up the phone immediately.
The scammer will continue to ask "if you're interested in a timeshare or even a free trip to Disneyland."
Miller adds, "There are different ploys they're using just to get that one response from you that is yes." 
The BBB scam tracker had more than 1,600 people nationwide report these calls.
Some of those victims in Southern Arizona.
While some people we interviews chose not to go on camera, they say they hung up the phone immediately and never said yes. 
Miller believes that these scammers are going to use the person's voice recognition for credit card companies.  Many companies are moving towards voice recognition. 
As for businesses, scammers can use the information to say that one of the company employees agreed to an invoice to pay for a purchase. 
If you or someone you know has been a victim of this scam, you're asked to contact the BBB immediately.