Dozens of news outlets reported on a purported scam wherein fraudsters supposedly falsify charges by randomly calling people and asking ‘Can you hear me?’
Source: ‘Can You Hear Me?’ Scam Warning
CBS News prompted the latest round of this story. As Snopes notes, no one can identify an actual victim of the purported scam. Of course, it is a good idea to say as little as possible to telemarketers. However, it might not be a great idea to share the story on social media.
(CBS News is famous for “fake but accurate” reporting – the term the NY Times used to describe a CBS News report that caused interference in the 2004 US Presidential election, not by Russia, but by CBS. After an investigation, CBS fired CBS News producer Mary Mapes, CBS News anchor Dan Rather, 60 Minutes executive producer Josh Howard, Senior Producer Mary Murphy, and CBS Senior VP Betsy West. “Fake” news has been around a very long time.)