Police say if you receive a phone call from someone asking this question, please DO NOT ANSWER, because just one simple word can make you a victim of a scam.

I'll get these calls all the time, sometimes even three to five times in a week! I'll just hang up as soon as they ask me this because it's such a weird thing to say right off the bat. This isn't a Verizon commercial, tell me what you want. So when someone calls you from a number you may not recognize, first of all you probably shouldn't answer it. But if you do and someone asks “Can you hear me?” and you happen to answer YES to that question, the criminals will record your answer and use that recording for their advantage later:

Please just be cognizant of this every time you pick up, because your next phone call could be one of these scammers trying to pull a fast one on you.

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