Bogus caller claimed to be from Sky, warns pensioner

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A QUICK-thinking pensioner foiled a bogus caller – and she is warning others to be on their guard.

Margaret Meek got a phone call from a man who claimed to be working for Sky TV.

He offered her a special deal on her existing Sky package and proceeded to ask for her credit card details so that she could go ahead with the deal.

However, quick-thinking Margaret refused to give out her details and demanded a telephone number from the caller so she could call him back.

The man gave her a number, but when she tried to call it the line was dead.

Margaret (67), from Kirkintilloch, said: “I am so angry about this. He could have got someone who was not as savvy as me and ripped them off.”

Margaret notified Sky about the incident and contacted the Herald to warn people to be aware of the scam.

She said: “Under no circumstances do you ever give out your credit card details. That applies to everybody - no matter what age they are.

“No matter how good the deal sounds you should not do it.”

A Sky spokesperson told the Herald: “We take matters such as this very seriously and would encourage your readers to contact our customer service team to report this type of incident.”

East Dunbartonshire Council also warned people to be on their guard when it comes to bogus callers.

Kenny Simpson, head of housing and community services, said: “Scammers and rogue traders routinely target unsuspecting victims through unsolicited approaches over the internet and telephone, or by doorstep calling.

“East Dunbartonshire Council’s Trading Standards team would advise that consumers must always be on their guard, and that anyone on the receiving end of an unsolicited approach should always refuse to disclose their bank account or credit card details.

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