"It's called a voice signature and it's used legitimately by companies to show that you've agreed to some sort of a change, usually an upgrade in some sort of a plan". When payment is demanded and that person refuses, the caller may produce the previously recorded assent, the Idaho Statesman reported.
The Better Business Bureau of Central New England in Worcester is warning residents of a relatively new telephone scam that asks a simple question: "Can you hear me?"
If you are asked a similar question in a phone call or are asked to press a button to be placed on the Do Not Call Registry, just hang up the phone.
This isn't the first time this type of phone scam has been seen. In addition, the criminal may have already collected some of your personal information - a credit card number or cable bill - perhaps as the result of a data breach. Recent scam reports identify the caller as being from a home security agency, a cruise line or associated with Social Security. The caller claims you are eligible for a $100,000 grant (or any other dollar amount) if you wire an amount of money to pay the taxes.
Another possible source of phone number information is the dark web, which is not reachable by conventional online methods and is not tracked by search engines.
While it's hard to protect yourself from this scam, the best way is to hang up.
Hang up immediately on any unsolicited robo calls. Remember, government agencies won't try to call you to make contact. It's true, there are scammers making seemingly harmless phone calls, but you won't believe how they are using those calls against their victims. Call the billing company and dispute any unfamiliar charge authorizations.