Don't Feed The Phish
An old phone bank phishing scam is doing the rounds again. If you receive a call from 0845 3004275, you might hear a message telling you, “You were called today by your bank. We will attempt to contact you again in the next few days.”
Chances are they will too; they’ll know your name and address and will probably ask you for your date of birth as confirmation of your ID. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll hang up at this point, if you haven’t already.
The correct thing to do whenever you receive a call from someone claiming to be your bank is to keep your trap shut about your personal details, even if you’re 99% certain that it IS your bank on the end of the line. If you think it might be a legitimate call, ring your bank back yourself on a number you know to be trustworthy.
WhoCallsMe is a great user-generated database of the numbers of dodgy callers. If your gut instinct is that a cold-caller is trying to scam you, check the number on this site – chances are that it’ll be there.
Plus, if you need to ring your bank following a call from them, don’t put up with the expense of using an 0845 or 0870 number. SayNoTo0870 should be able to provide you with an alternative, cheaper (or free) number.