The “can you hear me?” phone scam

Like every one else – I read the news.  The “can you hear me?” phone scam has reportedly been prolific in the United States and the United Kingdom since very early in 2017.

Weeks ago I was interested to read that the phone scam had hit Australia’s shores.

I just had lunch with one of the Mackay police station’s Volunteer in Policing who received a “Can you hear me?” phone call at their home number on Monday April 24!!

What do you need to know? Victims receive an unsolicited phone call (business or home number) … after you answer, the scammer will simply say “Can you hear me?” several times.  Most people say “yes”.

The scammer then ends the call. It is believed that the scammer is recording your “yes” response and that this recording is being used to authorise payments or charges – in your name!!! Good luck disputing or contesting the payment or charge after the event with a recording of your “yes” on file authorising it 🙁

If the scammer already has your mobile phone number and some sensitive identification information of yours… you may have some serious and legitimate reasons to be concerned!

We’re now sharing this post statewide as we believe it to be hitting many areas.

Our advice to combat this phone scam :

  • Spread the word – Share this information
  • If you receive a “can you hear me?” phone call – hang up – don’t respond!
  • If you did respond with a “yes” … alert your financial institution, begin to monitor your accounts closely .. and contact ID CARE

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

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