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Scammers want to know: 'can you hear me now?'

Answering an affirmative to any unsolicited call can be risky, the BBB says. (Source: Pixabay) Answering an affirmative to any unsolicited call can be risky, the BBB says. (Source: Pixabay)

(RNN) – Just saying “yes” to unsolicited phone calls can be dangerous, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Scam artists can record affirmative responses and later use those recordings to “sign up for a product or service and then demand payment.”

The BBB has received reports that robocalls are posing as agents from home security firms, cruise lines or social security agencies. Even if users are savvy enough to avoid providing sensitive information, one simple question can be just as dangerous:

“Can you hear this call clearly.”

“If you receive an unsolicited robocall from an organization or business, just hang up,” the bbb.org writes. “If you are on the Do Not Call List and a company calls out of the blue to ask questions, it's likely a scam. Avoid responding with ‘yes, sure or OK.’”

Individuals can report potential scams to the BBB and the Federal Trade Commission.

Anyone who suspects they may be at risk should frequently check their bank statements for unauthorized charges.

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