Older people targeted in ‘vishing’ scam

August 28th, 2013 7 Comments By Lucy Sweet

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 199x300 Older people targeted in vishing scam

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.’

Comments (7) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Chewbacca August 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    If they’re stupid enough to fall for this, they deserve all the get.

    The old fucking morons.

  2. Posted by Chewbacca August 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm


  3. Posted by Nanny Culturist August 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Don’t feed the hairy troll.

  4. Posted by shiftynifty August 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Nazi spelling police out in force today I see

  5. Posted by So retarded I can't spell Tennant's August 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    ^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.

  6. Posted by Old Git August 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    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.

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