I've been hearing about a phone scam that seems to be active in this area now. The phone will ring and the voice on the other end, generally robotic but possibly live, will say "can you hear me?". Your response, yes or no, is recorded and later used as proof that you verbally contracted an expensive service or product.
I've heard of this on TV news, so when it happened yesterday, I just hung up. It's been happening since, but the curious thing is that the calls are coming in on my cell phone. The phone has no hands-free capability and is a flip phone that needs to be opened to answer a call. With these calls, the phone rings once, and I can hear a voice say "Can you hear me? Answer yes or no" even though the phone is still closed and not answered. This seems to defy everything I know about the way the phone operates. What the heck's going on?
Part of my cell plan includes detail billing, so when my end-of-the-month invoice arrives, I'll have the number where the scam call originated. I'm planning to make a complaint to the Victoria Better Business Bureau and also the CRTC's Do-Not-Call Registry.