A nice write-up by a professional in the technology industry on how to VERIFY the business calling you is actually that business, i.e., is the caller your bank and should you trust them.
Please visit the article here to see the clear account of the phone call and how to protect yourself.
The article highlights a few very clear tips on how to verify such an account, and I have highlighted a few below:
Understanding scam signals
The problem with this exchange was that it set off a heap of the typical scam signals. I’ve dealt with more than my share of them in the past so I have a bit of sense of how these things normally go down and those signals include:
- Call by an unlisted number: clearly scammers don’t want to be identified.
- Establishing a sense of urgency: claiming to be your bank is always going to make people sit up and pay attention (is my money alright???)
- Requesting information before establishing identity: asking for address or other personal info.
- [more at the author’s site!]
Be helpful, but verify!