Random Callers Suspicious; Check Finance Related Contacts

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YOUR FINANCES

With Noel Whittaker

RECENTLY I was walking down the street when my mobile rang.

A heavily accented female voice told me she was from MasterCard and was calling me in response to an email I'd sent them.

But, she was not prepared to talk to me until I had identified myself by providing my full name, date of birth, home address, etc.

My response was C[pounds sterling]You are ringing me; there is no way I'm going to provide that kind of information to any random caller.C[yen]

She then offered a call-back telephone number, which I declined to take down.

First, I had no proof that the number would not be fraudulent, and second, I had neither pen nor pencil at hand.

When I got home, I called the number on the back of the credit card. Yes, the call had been legit, and it had been in response to an email I'd sent them regarding some difficulties I'd had accessing their website. The problem was that three weeks had elapsed, and I had completely forgotten about it.

Recently an elderly friend received a call saying she had won some money in an international lotto. …