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Scam watch: ‘Sky TV’ caller offers cash

Had a phone call from a service provider offering you compensation? Be wary, especially if you’re asked for personal details, as this member was when they received a call from ‘Sky TV’…

Member Peter Marfell told us:

‘I’m a Sky TV customer, and someone recently called me claiming to be from Sky. The caller said I was owed £200 compensation for poor service.

‘I hadn’t made any recent complaint, but he knew my name and address, and asked me to confirm these. Then he asked for the expiry date of my card. I replied that a genuine Sky caller would already have these details. He became abusive and then hung up.’

Our say on unsolicited calls offering compensation

Sky has confirmed it ‘doesn’t make unexpected phone calls requesting personal or financial information, to provide compensation or otherwise’.

This fraudulent caller’s motive is clearly to obtain your card or banking details. Never give these unless you’re certain of the caller’s identity.

If a call concerns you, hang up, wait five minutes and call the person or organisation using a number you’ve verified independently. It’s also a good idea to report scam calls to Action Fraud.

The troubling question is how the fraudster has your phone number, name, address and TV package provider. Here are some tips on how to protect your identity in future:

  • Change the password on your email account
  • Evaluate the security of your home’s letterbox (especially if it’s external or communal)
  • If you’re opted in to the open electoral roll, consider opting out
  • Never access email, banking or other sensitive accounts on open wi-fi networks provided by cafés, etc.

Have you ever had a scam call like this? Were you convinced by the scammer or did you call them out?

Comments
Denise Turner says:
17 January 2018

It happens most days with pretend TalkTalk callers. I just tell them,
“Don’t talk rubbish. You’ll get nowhere with me,”
and put phone down. The calls are getting less so maybe they have finally understood. These calls come from mostly outside Europe, mainly India and I’ve been told ICO can do nothing about them. Why not?

I would have thought that most of us have become used to cold callers informing us of benefits we are “owed”. And most of us tend to put the phone down on them.

However, it does seem somewhat alarming that a caller has your name, address and phone number.

john says:
22 January 2018

don’t forget, names, addresses and phone no’s can be found in the normal phone directory (book or online), unless you are ex-directory

Jacqui White says:
22 January 2018

I’m ex-directory and they still manage to know my full name, address etc. I also opted out of the open electoral roll and never use communal wi-fi! There really is no privacy these days.

Jacqui — there never was . Its a fallacy used to promote the web that its “safe to use ” its not data collection has been ongoing for decades Kaspersky owner and head technician has has pointed out your smartphone is not a personal instrument but is continually spied upon. Not what you want to here but realistic.

Scams are becoming more and more prevalent for social media users. People are now urging Facebook to take action.

https://www.which.co.uk/news/2018/01/facebook-under-pressure-for-allowing-scam-adverts/

What do you think?

Barrie Irvine says:
21 January 2018

I have recently had calls from Barclays Bank and Natwest Bank using Withheld numbers. Would you not think they should know better? We asked for proof as would they and the calls were terminated but it turned out the calls were from the banks.
We are in the process of setting up a system to reject all Withheld calls.