Just a heads up really that there seems to be a load of companies on the go at the moment that are claiming to be calling on behalf of Sky selling insurance for Sky boxes. I know these companies have been kicking around for a while, but we have had 2 separate companies make successful attempts to set up Direct Debits on my Mum's account after cold calls. Both companies - Satellite Repair Services and Satellite and Homecare implied to my Mum that it was for a renewal of a subscription she already had with them and she thought that meant it was safe to "re give" them her bank details - I have slapped her with a kipper for giving them the details - twice.
She contacted Satellite Repair Services back in July to cancel the policy but when I was checking her direct debits with her earlier this week they still had 2 active Direct Debits for £5.97 and £16.50 quoting different policy numbers. I cancelled them online, but today she got a further two calls advising that she had cancelled them without the required notice period, and that they wanted payment for October, and asking for new details - thankfully this time she told them she wanted it in writing - which will be going straight in the recycling bin...
I've got written confirmation that the second company have cancelled the policy for £7.95 monthly I found out about this week, and so far they don't seem to have set up any new direct debits, but will be going to her bank to make sure no new ones are claimed.
I've registered us with the Telephone Preference Service as we seem to be getting 10+ calls a week at all hours of the day or night from just about every cold caller under the sun.
I know most people would not give bank details over the phone, but these companies seem to have been pretty nifty at getting my normally not too gullible mum to part with her bank details by feeding lines about it being something that she was already paying for and I think it's quite possible the elderly and vulnerable could easily fall fowl of this multiple times too.
Maybe no-one else has had similar problems, but thought it was worth a short post.