They received a call stating that they were calling on behalf of Sky and that due to a clerical error on their part they had been over charged on their monthly subscription.
They then passed the person's address and asked for their date of birth. The member of public stated that they did not provide this type of information but there were insistent that this information was required in order that they could be verified.
The member of public then pointed out that if they were paying by direct debit then Sky would have the information they needed. At this point the call was ended by the scammer.
The member of public did not even have Sky so knew immediately it was a scam!
Fraudsters are clever, manipulative and they have done their homework. They know exactly what to say to get you to trust them. They may know your name, your address, your partner’s name, your children’s name and your pet’s name. They find this entire out to trick you into believing their claim.
Never give out your personal or financial information to anyone.
Don’t engage in conversation with anyone you suspect to be a fraudster. The more you engage with these people the more chances you are giving them to suck you in.
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