The Better Business Bureau warns of a new “Can you hear me” scam circulating, where the attackers can capture a “YES” response and play back the victim’s voice affirmation to link them to fake purchases of goods or services. Users should always avoid answering unknown or suspicious phone calls.

SEATTLE — A growing “Can you hear me?” phone scam can make you a victim if you utter just one word: “Yes.”  This is how it works, according to the Better Business Bureau:  An automated call provides an introduction and identifies a business or agency. After the intro, the recording will ask if you can hear clearly. If you answer yes, the scammer behind the call may have recorded you, could plan to use your affirmation to sign you up for a product or service you never knew about and then will demand payment. If you refuse, the scammer may produce your recorded “yes” response to confirm your purchase agreement.

How to prevent phishing scams — The best advice from the BBB:

Hang up on any unsolicited robocall. If you are on the federal 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.”

Hang up if you’re asked to press a button to be placed on the Do Not Call registry. Doing anything else could help scammers identify an active phone number. No government agency will ever solicit for the Do Not Call Registry.

Write down the phone number and file a scam report with the BBB Scam Tracker and the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call List.

College students are prime targets of ID thieves, scammers.  That doesn’t always help because these scammers also often know how to fool phones’ caller ID features.