I’m a bit late with this I know, but it is all to do with a telephone scam that has reached the UK where people are being asked a simple question to which they reply ‘Yes’ and suddenly they are losing thousands from their bank accounts.
Hubby and I have always refused to have on-line banking as we do not consider it secure.
We were not too happy with telephone banking either, but living where we did in Lincolnshire, there was no local branch of our bank, and the nearest town was over ten miles away.
When we became totally reliant on our mobile phones, we never used them for banking purposes, and the times the bank called us (?) we refused to discuss anything in an open field over an unsecure line.
Yesterday when we were going through our check list having had our Outrageous Increase Letter, we went into our bank.
I can now understand why so many people are being duped.
There was a HUGE poster advertising the latest in telephone banking and Voice Recognition.
How many people remember the Yes/No interlude on the TV programme Take Your Pick?
You had a minute to answer quick fire questions without saying either Yes or No before being ‘gonged’ out. If you survived, you went on to the next round and the possibility of taking cash or winning something of value or a booby prize.
Think about this.
How many questions do you automatically answer ‘Yes’ to?
We have been advertising our cooker for sale and had quite a few phone calls about it.
‘I understand you have a cooker for sale.’ YES
Or ‘Is the cooker still available for sale?’ YES
Luckily, if a friend calls us, their name comes up on my mobile screen, so if I don’t recognise the number, I’m automatically on my guard.
If the caller asks for me by name, reflex makes me answer YES.
So now, I am trying to ‘win’ that interlude by practising saying anything but yes or no to questions asked of me.
It’s not easy! You try it!!