over christmas I took a call for my mum when she was out, it was from 0800 389 1652 someone claiming to be from Barclay’s Fraud team. I passed the details on to my mum and she rang the number. It all seemed a bit dodgy especially when the chap on the other end started asking for bank details and claiming people had been trying to take money out of her bank account.
I then did a Google search on the phone number and found this website – www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-old/2006/03/06/ which stated that they had the same number call them up but they were certain that it was a dodgy call and had me convinced.
Anyhoo, my mum then spoke to the local bank and it had turned out this was Barclays Fraud calling and it wasn’t dodgy at all as some idiot had tried and succeeded to take money from her account. In the end we must be so careful with bank details but not to dismiss everything as dodgy fraud!
Hopefully anyone who searches on that number will find this article and not dismiss the number as bank fraud when something could be seriously up.
...oh and the bank details were believed to be copied when my dad was buying stuff online through xbox live!