Older people targeted in 'vishing' scam

28 August 2013

Put down that phone, granddad, there’s another scam in town. It's called ‘Vishing’, and it cost victims £7 million last year – half of them in the over-50 age bracket.
old man on phone

Criminals impersonate an emergency call from your bank, saying that your credit card details have been stolen– and then while you’re flustered, they ask you for your details and nick all your money. And it’s so convincing that one in four adults who received the calls were duped, according to a study by Financial Fraud Action UK.

As well as pretending to be banks, the shysters have also convinced people their computer needs a security upgrade, and have asked for passwords. They carry out ‘work’ while you’re still on the phone, but they’re actually stealing your personal information.

They’ve thought of everything, too. The credit card scam asks victims to tap in their pin on the phone keypad (for privacy), then they record the keytones. Some gangs then have the balls to send a courier round to your house to pick up your compromised credit card ‘for analysis.’ They even fake the caller ID, by coming up as ‘bank’ or ‘credit union.’

You’ve got to admire their evil persistence, eh? DCI Dave Carter, head of the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit warned:

'Always be wary of cold callers who suggest you hang up the phone and call them back. Remember that it takes two people to terminate a call so try and use a different phone line if you are asked to ring back.’

TOPICS:   Consumer Advice   Scams   Technology


  • Chewbacca
    If they're stupid enough to fall for this, they deserve all the get. The old fucking morons.
  • Chewbacca
  • Nanny C.
    Don't feed the hairy troll.
  • shiftynifty
    Nazi spelling police out in force today I see
  • So T.
    ^I notice a distinct lack of ... in your post. Are you feeling ok? Oh, pointing out the fact that you're a fucking retard has nothing to do with your spelling. Twat.
  • Old G.
    Over 50's? I'm much older than 50 and can recall me and Suzie having so much fun, holding hands and skimming stones. Had an old gold medallion and a place of my own. But the biggest kick we ever got was doing a thing called the ColdCallers Cock. While the other kids were giving out their passwords, We were shopping and bopping to the ColdCallers Cock. Well ColdCallers Cocking is something shocking When your teeth just can't keep still I never knew me a better time and I guess I never will Oh Lawdy mama those Friday nights When we wound up the cold callers out of sight. But the years went by and my eyesight died Suzie went and left us for some foreign guy (Who'd called to ask her password for her machine) dreaming of her short skirts and my rampant teens But they'll never kill the thrills we've got When she sat upon my ColdCallers Cock Getting faster as the people stared We really thought the police would never turn up there.
  • I'll B.
    [...] Image via, Brands 4 Less taken by author, Blockbuster Desperation via, Gigli via, Grandpa via, OITNB via, Yolo via, Justin & Kelly via, Drunk Uncle via, Blockbuster tape via,  Popcorn Kids [...]

What do you think?

Connect with Facebook, Twitter, or just enter your email to sign in and comment.

Your comment