Watch out for a credit card scam using a local number. They called this afternoon from 01749 *6*7*6, purporting to be from Mastercard querying two recent purchases. Immediate warning flags were the poor audio quality of the recording and the extreme improbability of Mastercard’s fraud prevention team having a local office.
The scammers were using ‘spoofing’ to disguise their number as a local one, which we are naturally far more likely to pick up than one from a distant exchange which we don’t recognise.
If you get one of these scam calls, whether from a 01749 number or not, hang up immediately – above all don’t follow any of the instructions they give you.