21st March 2018
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Con men on the line (Malcolm Reeves)

I took a call today from someone purporting to be from the TPS (Telephone Preference Service)). The call was to confirm that we were registered and to check our details.

The caller asked me to confirm our telephone number and address he read out to me. Once this was done he said that for the next part he had to transfer the call to their security department.

Now here is where the game was given away as he simply put the phone down on a hard surface then swapped seats with someone who then picked up the phone and introduced himself as Michael (head of security).

I said it was a tad difficult to hear him due to background noise of the telephone operators which suddenly went a lot quieter (I think it must have been a recording).

At this point Michael went through our details again and then went for the big one. Okay, said Michael, we just need to confirm your Visa or credit card details and you will never have another nuicance call again.

Needless to say I had a few choice words about hoping they get caught and go to jail or get a visit from one of their victims and hung up.

I urge all readers of The Shetland Times to be wary as these con men are finding new ways of parting people from their money.

Malcolm Reeves

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