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A conman(?) comes calling.

StickyMick
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A conman(?) comes calling.

Since Thursday morning I have had regular phone calls (3 in all) from an Indian/middle Eastern sounding gentleman from a company (can't make out the company name and they won't clarify it) who claim that they are going to recover my bank charges. Despite me telling them I'm not interested in their services during the first call they have called me twice and asked for my sort code and account No.
The banks have warned me about these calls and I have lodged a complaint to the TPS, but as it's always a withheld No there's not a lot to go on. Undecided
Just thought I'd let you all know in case anyone else hears from them.
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Re: A conman(?) comes calling.

I think I'd be tempted to report those to the police and/or trading standards.
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techguy
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Re: A conman(?) comes calling.

Or buy yourself a whistle and blow it down the phone.
Or simply, put the phone under a cushion, walk away, come back in 10 minutes and hang up or just hang up straught away when they ask for the info.
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Re: A conman(?) comes calling.

How can they scam you just by knowing your sort code and account number?
Very dodgy, but I would have thought they would have needed to know more information than just that?
James
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Re: A conman(?) comes calling.

Quote from: techguy
Or buy yourself a whistle and blow it down the phone.

Heh - My Mum used to do that when there was this creepy guy that kept calling her when they lived out in Colombia.
Superuser
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Re: A conman(?) comes calling.

I had one of these phone calls the other week.  I asked the caller how he had my number because I used TPS, and he immediately said thank you  and hung up before I could say anything else.
Phil
techguy
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Re: A conman(?) comes calling.

Or just go ex directory and tick all the do not contact boxes on application forms for things such as financial services.
That way you have control over who has your number.
Works a treat.
itsme
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Re: A conman(?) comes calling.

Quote from: Alex
How can they scam you just by knowing your sort code and account number?
Very dodgy, but I would have thought they would have needed to know more information than just that?

You can setup a direct debit with just these details Jeremy Clarkson know all about this.
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Re: A conman(?) comes calling.

Ah yes I remember hearing about that happening to Clarkson.
Slightly worrying it is that easy to do though.
techguy
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Re: A conman(?) comes calling.

Bet Clarkson was popular with Barclays.
itsme
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Re: A conman(?) comes calling.

Yes, but could they transfer the money to an account which they can get their hands on to the money? Even PayPal put in safe guards to stop this sort of thing
StickyMick
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Re: A conman(?) comes calling.

I did report it to the police, but they tell me that BT charge £50 a time for retrieving a withheld No from their database Shocked
But I suppose they can recover that if it brings about a successful prosecution.
techguy
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Re: A conman(?) comes calling.

While not trivial to those it is happening to, it is probably viewed as trivial by the Police
For example, last year the outer pane of a double-glazed window on our house was cracked as some scumbag from round here thought it would be amusing to throw a clump of mud at it.
We reported it to the local copshop and got the crime number but heard no more about it.
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Re: A conman(?) comes calling.

My parents had about £1200 stolen from their bank account once, and to say the Police didn't give a monkey's was putting it mildly.
techguy
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Re: A conman(?) comes calling.

And sadly the criminals know this