A neighbourhood watch member has contacted me after receiving a telephone call purporting to be from Sky T.V. Insurance, saying that she had a rebate due but to get this rebate she had to send £50 which they would collect via her debit card. They asked for the security number from the back of her card but fortunately she told the caller that she didn’t have a card (thinking they meant a Sky Card) and the phone call finished at that point. Realising something was not right, she contacted me.
This is of course a variation on the classic ‘phishing’ scam, whereby the caller is attempting to gain debit card details in order to use them fraudulently. It should go without saying that you should not pass any details to anyone who cold calls in this way. Think about it: why would they need a £50 payment to process a rebate?