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Plusnet unwilling to prove it's not a phishing call when Sales make an outward call

TonyBrown
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Plusnet unwilling to prove it's not a phishing call when Sales make an outward call

I received a call from 01143 073836 today. The person said she was from PlusNet, and wanted to discuss my account. She then proceeded to ask for the security information before she would tell me why she was calling. I told her I routinely get calls from BT, Sky, EE and many others, which are obviously not real, and asked her to prove she was calling from PlusNet by providing some letters from my account name. She refused, saying she couldn't provide any information before I did her security.

If I call PlusNet, I am happy that it is only right and proper that I provide security information before they discuss things with me, but it seems PlusNet don't think that is appropriate before making a call to a customer. I think the one-sidedness of this needs addressing, if PlusNet wish to make sales calls to existing customers, it seems only right (from a security point of view), that they are able to demonstrate, on that call, they they are indeed PlusNet, and not someone pretending to be from PlusNet.

 

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VileReynard
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Re: Plusnet unwilling to prove it's not a phishing call when Sales make an outward call

Actually its worse than that.

I asked the salesperson to prove they were genuine and they said they couldn't; it turned out that Plusnet had outsourced a batch of accounts to a 3rd party organisation.

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shutter
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Re: Plusnet unwilling to prove it's not a phishing call when Sales make an outward call

@Townman and the SUPER USER GROUP should be able to get this sorted. 

I fully agree with the O.P.. it is something that I have had experience of previously...

Lets face it.... anyone can claim to be anyone they like... and ask for personal "security" checks before proceeding with "their" OFFICIAL type call...

and it is exactly this flaw in the systems that the scammers take full advantage of.

 

..so... PLUSNET  isn`t it about time that all customers were issued with a PIN number, or some other means, , that will enable customers called by Plusnet staff are  able to "reverse" the security checks from the customer being called, to ensure that the person at Plusnet is a genuine caller. .

 

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Re: Plusnet unwilling to prove it's not a phishing call when Sales make an outward call

Superuser citation

This topic has been cited by one of the Superusers; the purpose of which is to provide a note for information which might help to focus continued discussion (but might not result in a staff response).


 Been requested a few times previously.  Raised again for a more positive response. Police

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shutter
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Re: Plusnet unwilling to prove it's not a phishing call when Sales make an outward call

@MauriceC  so... it has been flagged up and discussed before.... and nothing has happened... so .. flagging it up again.  will result in ? ? ?

 

provide a note for information which might help to focus continued discussion (but might not result in a staff response).

 

 


@MauriceC wrote:         Raised again for a more positive response. Police

 

So a "more positive response" would come from where? and what kind of "positive response" would it be ? ?  

 

 

MauriceC
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Re: Plusnet unwilling to prove it's not a phishing call when Sales make an outward call

Patience @shutter.   Not everything we raise has the same priority and it may take several attempts to get things moving.  I've re-raised this in the context of GDPR compliance.

 

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shutter
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Re: Plusnet unwilling to prove it's not a phishing call when Sales make an outward call

Ah yes... patience... what every customer needs !... especially when waiting on the phone...  

Been waiting for 10 years for an improvement on the waiting times...  as per a long thread I started ... and the famous words repeated over and over were   " Give us time..... and we`ll get there"...

Of course... ... patience is a virtue... and so those who were looking forward to the improved billing system... also promised some years ago... are still waiting.

the only positive thing about these things, will be that it will positively take a long time, to get ANY response/action on the problems... as it seems that "given time... they (PN) hope it will "go away quietly" and nothing need to be done.....

VileReynard
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Re: Plusnet unwilling to prove it's not a phishing call when Sales make an outward call

How many thousand complaints about web mail are outstanding?

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Re: Plusnet unwilling to prove it's not a phishing call when Sales make an outward call

I believe the present webmail thread is only 2 years old Angry  but the Billing started 8+ years ago Ticked_off

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Re: Plusnet unwilling to prove it's not a phishing call when Sales make an outward call

Drifting off the original topic guys!

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