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Your phone rings and the caller ID shows a number you don’t know. You answer it anyway and hear, “Can you hear me now?” It’s a pre-recorded robocall – even though it sounds like a real person – and it’s illegal. We’ve heard from hundreds of people who have gotten calls like this.

Here’s what to do if you get a call from someone you don’t recognize asking, “Can you hear me?”:

  • Don’t respond, just hang up. If you get a call, don't press 1 to speak to a live operator or any other number to be removed from the list. If you respond in any way, it will probably just lead to more robocalls – and they’re likely to be scams.
  • Contact your phone provider. Ask your phone provider what services they provide to block unwanted calls.
  • Put your phone number on the Do Not Call registry. Access the registry online or by calling 1-888-382-1222. Callers who don’t respect the Do Not Call rules are more likely to be crooks.
  • File a complaint with the FTC. Report the experience online or call 1-877-382-4357.
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Thank you.I never answer calls that come from numbers that I do not recognize them.

Did you ever think about voice controlled devices like your cell phone that can use voice command to do stuff. Think about it. They get you to say "YES" into your phone as they are recording you and now they have YOU saying "YES" in YOUR own voice on tape. They can use this to access your technical devices with your own voice giving permission/access to anything with VOICE control/access on it.

You’re not in danger of that, that doesn’t exist.

but it may in the very near future! you don't know for sure.

This happened to me today. What can I do to prevent any damage?

Don't answer calls from numbers you don't know. If it is important, they will leave a message and you can call them back.

Beware of local numbers you think you may know. I got one yesterday. The ID was the name of a dead person I used to know and probably her old phone number too. Don't assume the number is a living relative!

I got one from my Aunt's phone number which came up with her name and phone number in my caller ID. When I answered the phone it was most definitely not her.


I get these calls daily on my state work phone. I just hang up. It use to be a guy but now its a girl sounding goofy

cubicle worker: I also got the "goofy girl" robot calls several times per week, starting last November. Sometime caller ID gives a phone number, but mostly it is only "Incomingcall". Now, I just pickup & hang up really fast.

I receive at least four of these phone calls a day. Each time it's a different person's name, but I can tell the calls are robotic and coming from the same source. I'm already on the Do Not Call List and that isn't stopping them.

I agree with you. I am getting these same phone calls every day, 7 days a week, sometimes 3 an hour. I report them everyday and even verified that I'm on the do not call list. Still, nothing is done! I block the numbers and they continue to call from another extension.

MedicGirl, that is what is happening with me! Three or four times the creature calling leaves a message saying, "17328982738." and nothing else.

I agree there are many call screening/robocall blocking services out there. One of them i recommend is nomorobo. I don't know about your phone provider but it's free from spectrum.

I get these all day long. I too am on the do not call list. I think that list is bogus. Today's call ask is this a business. I have learned not to say yes. I just keep repeating my company name. UGH - such a time waster.

I used to get 2 calls a day until I was so frustrated I started reporting each one to the FTC Complaint Assistant. Since then I only get them rarely and I continue to report them immediately after I hang up.

The DNC registry will only prevent law-abiding companies from contacting you. Scammers don't care.

The Do Not Call List only blocks calls from legitimate callers. What scammers are doing is already illegal, so Do Not Call Lists don't matter to them. I never answer my phone. I always let my machine get it. I use a prepaid cell phone, and only my family and friends have that number.

Why can't phone service providers block the robo-calls? Particularly if you pay for "minutes" on a cellphone plan. It seems so easy.

Spectrum includes robo-call blocking among the phone services -- no charge for that service. Also specific call blocking. No charge. Sign up on your account page online.

Hi what happens if you say sorry who are you I remembered what my dad told me about these then I immediately hanged up my heart is pounding

received a call from Glen Ellyn, Il, (547-3787) informing me that he was from my local electric company, asked him to please repeat who he was, got exactly the same message, then he asked if I could hear him? does he think I'm stupid? hung up immediately.

Some has taken my e mail and has been using it to scam me out if money i have give anyone. I few weeks back i get one the they crused my family out and insulted my father who is attorney and insulted my mother and am self i have since. Contact the ftc and filed a complaint.

Fortunately, I had seen a local TV news report on this scam the day before I got a call asking, "Can you hear me Okay?" I followed the advice of the news report and hung up immediately. But putting our phone number on the Do Not Call registry and filing complaints with the FTC doesn't seem to do much good. The calls keep coming.

Dear Annoyed, you're absolutely right. I was fine with not getting too many scam calls but I tried to eliminate it altogether with the DO Not Call registry, which led to a deluge of four times the number of scamsters. Big Mistake. It appears that scamsters use the Do Not Call list to identify Live phone numbers and they're NOT afraid of any consequences, as it appears that the FTC or other relevant authorities aren't enforcing the Do Not Call registry. I tried calling the FTC and got pissed off instead. What I do now is simply save all these numbers under a contact name "Do Not Answer", so when they call again, I simply decline the call. I've got more than 1,000 such numbers in my "Do Not Answer" contact. Wish some responsible Govt agency would do something about this because all these scamsters come from abroad, mostly India and the Philippines.

GOOOOT it thanks so much kiddos! :)

Thank you for the information you have sent me as a matter of fact I have been reciveing calls just as you have described and was wondering how I could get them to stop.thank god I use strait talk phone service so I don't get charged for those calls just the same they are a pain thank you for the info

I received a call. "One question survey,just answer yes or No" I did not answer I hung up.

I think there is another tactic for getting to "yes". The one question survey, "did you vote" and you say "yes." They ask how to spell your first name even when obvious. Then, they ask if they can call back with one or two questions next month and give a barely understandable web site as something something

Just got a call from a human saying, “Hi, my name is Linda. I have a (something….) Can I get a Delivery Verification for it?”
I'm concerned that this is A NEW WAY to get you to say “YES”!!!!!!!!

Just got a call from John doing a survey for demographics which it made me to beleave it had something to do with politics, he then said to just answer the questions with no interuptions he ask if I was male or female which he addmitted was obvious then my age, do I vote, my address, if there was an alternate phone# and told me that they would be calling with more servey questions in a month or so thanked me told me to have good day.

had the same thing happen. Said for american heart association and would I do collection for three of our neighbors and said yes and then asked me to say my name and spell it. Did so without thinking. Have yet to receive anything information and do not even know the number that called and the exact date. just waiting to see if anything happens.

Great post, but I think it misses one big point,. The natural tendency is to say "yes" to such a question. But your response can be recorded and then spliced into another message that asks, for example, "Do you agree to purchase a whatever?" Best to not answer at all, of course. But if you do, never give an affirmative reply to any question...

I just got a call, with the first question asking me "Is this Mr. or Mrs. Ellis", to which, of course, the logical question would be "yes". I said good-bye and hung up. But I've been getting a lot of calls also saying that something I "ordered" was ready for shipment, just press "1" to confirm. I've been simply not answering these calls for a long time, but I am getting fed up. I want something done abut it.

Too bad DNC list doesn't work.
Unfortunately, all phone companies, including cell, need to offer the access code feature like Verizon used to offer for landlines. Company or person doesn't have the code, can't get through. Companies should not charge extra for the added level of security.

Additionally, phone companies need to verify, with an actual REAL name, checked via credit reporting companies, that it is a person, who can be held responsible, acquiring all those phone numbers. Companies need to ensure the name provided is from the person actually applying, and not stolen.

All our phone numbers are on the "Do Not Call" registry but we still receive many calls even after we tell them to stop.

Too many calls do not provide a phone number at all and rarely if ever provide a name. Content of calls do not even relate to me most of the time. They call all day starting as early as possible and end at night. Even receive these calls on Sunday. Inundated and want it stopped please, please, please.

We are also receiving frequent robo-calls at odd hours from a "debt collector". The company they purport to be calling from does not have this particular number. Additionally, the robot then gives a different number for us to call back. Additional to all this, we have never received any indication from any creditor that we were turned over to collection. Perhaps this is because we have NO Creditors. And I do mean NO creditors. We are on the DNC, we do not answer calls from unknown numbers. Thanks for these updates, we sincerely appreciate the FTC.

I simply will not stay on a phone call if I don't know who's calling or personally know who the caller is..
I figured that is the case for most people as the risk is simply too great to do otherwise these days...

The Do Not Call list is laughable. I have had all three phone lines listed for over five years, but I continue to get these blatant robo calls. My favorite is the perky girl who opens every call with "Hello? Hello? Oh, I was having trouble with my headset. Anyhow ...." She called each of the three lines within a half hour.

OMG. We get calls from that "perky girl with the headset problems" ALL the time. We block the #, but she keeps calling from different #'s.

I just received that same stupid call from that " perky woman' who said she was having trouble with her headset. I had to remove my company's voicemail message because I don't want any scammer getting confirmation that we are business and then selling our number to others. I've had more embarrassment and shame from new customers who call and get no message. This is so wrong. We should haven't to represent our companies this way. I am now going to leave a message on my phone that states "We no longer answer our phone due to the high volume of telemarketing calls and therefore will only respond to legitimate messages. Sorry for the inconvenience but will return your call promptly." These constant interruptions are costly to businesses.

yes we got that perky girl all the time! At first thought she was real.

Yeah, I got that call too. I hung up on her before I knew she was a robocall though. I have an old corded phone with no caller ID on it. If I don't recognize the caller I usually hang up, but after seeing all these postings here in FTC, I think I am going to hook up my caller ID phone again. Sorry retro-Garfield phone, you just don't have what it takes these days.

The "do not call list" DOES NOT WORK! I registered our numbers on 1/19/12 & again on 11/22/14 & it has stopped no one from calling my unlisted, unpublished phone #. I continue to report it & it does not help the situation one little bit. NOT ONE! What gives!!!!

The do not call list works for legitimate companies that comply with it. Scams don't use it or just randomly dual numbers.

Would have been nice if you had said why we should not answer.

I have done all except call my provider. I just don't answer them at all, ever. How can I report them when it doesn't leave a name? I have tried to no avail to give you phone #'s but I guess I'm screwing things up. I don't know. I just don't answer them at all.

I am getting up to 10 calls a day from people with what sounds like Filipino accent


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