Really Clever Bank Card Fraud
This is a really clever social engineering attack against a bank-card holder:
It all started, according to the police, on the Saturday night where one of this gang will have watched me take money from the cash point. That's the details of my last transaction taken care of. Sinister enough, the thought of being spied on while you're trying to enjoy yourself at a garage night at the Buffalo Bar, but not the worst of it.
The police then believe I was followed home, which is how they got my address.
As for the call: well, credit where it's due, it's pretty clever. If you call a landline it's up to you to end the call. If the other person, the person who receives the call, puts down the receiver, it doesn't hang up, meaning that when I attempted to hang up to go and find my bank card, the fraudster was still on the other end, waiting for me to pick up the phone and call "the bank". As I did this, he played a dial tone down the line, and then a ring tone, making me think it was a normal call.
I thought this phone trick doesn't work any more. It doesn't work at my house -- I just tried it. Maybe it still works in much of the UK.
Posted on July 30, 2013 at 7:33 AM • 37 Comments