While at dinner yesterday, I heard about a particular scam that’s doing the rounds, and felt I should really share it as far and wide as possible.
A friend of a friend received a phone call. In the UK. On his home phone number. A landline.
The call was from the police. And the call was simple.
“Good evening. This is X calling from Police Station Y. We’ve apprehended some youths who had an inventory of cloned credit cards with them. Your details were amongst them. We recommend you call your card fraud unit immediately to report the clone and to cancel the cards.”
So this friend of a friend immediately took out his cards, looked up the fraud number, called them, and then went through the formal rigmarole of identifying everything possible about him, sharing confidential details.
All well and good.
Until that card was emptied of all value.
Because he hadn’t been speaking to the fraud department.
And he hadn’t been called by the police.
The call from the “police” was a scam. And when that call “finished”, they didn’t hang up, they just stayed on …. silent. So when he dialled out to the fraud department, he wasn’t dialling anyone. He was just pressing digits. And when he got through to the fraud department, he was talking to the fraudsters.
Who helped him divulge all the confidential information they would need.
And then helped themselves to his funds.
That’s all she wrote. I suspect this only works on landlines; I suspect the process described is very UK-centric. But it sounds too easy to fall for.
Hence this post.