We’ve all had the cold callers trying to make us believe they are from BT or Talk Talk or Virgin and wanting to help with problems on the line or about a supposedly unpaid bill or about hacking etc. Total lies of course.
This latest scam takes things one stage further.
It starts with those usual callers – sometimes by a person and sometime automated calls.
e.g. “Hello, I’m calling from BT to warn you about suspicious activity on your Internet line”.
If you don’t fall for that scam, then you get a call from someone claiming to be from BT to try to sort out this problem of unwanted callers, for you. They may be able to quote your name and address or other confidential information to make you believe they are genuine.
Then the caller asks for proof of your identity – maybe your bank details or birth date etc.
It’s a phishing scam – the scammer is trying to get enough of your confidential information to be able to sell it to identity thieves.
Be wary of unexpected callers and if they claim to be from your supplier – make sure to verify that and do not trust that just because they know one fact about you, they must be genuine. Not true.
If you have any experiences with these kinds of callers – do let me know, by email.