New Yorkshire Water password scheme to beat bogus callers in Sheffield
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Yorkshire Water surveyed 2,000 people to see if they could correctly identify a bogus caller, and see whether they would benefit from the utility company’s new password scheme.
One in four could not spot the bogus caller, and the same percentage (25 per cent) have been victim of a scam in the past.
Seventy one per cent said they would feel safer with a unique password in place with the water company.
During the research, participants were shown a video of a bogus caller and a video of a genuine employee and asked to identify them. People aged 18-24 found this the hardest,
with less than half able to identify the bogus caller.
However, older age groups fared better, with 90 per cent of people aged 55-64 and 78 per cent of over 65s identifying them correctly.
Yorkshire Water offers a password scheme which allows customers signed up to its free priority services register to set up a unique password, so that they can be confident
that it is a genuine employee at the door. Two thirds of respondents said they would feel safer with this type of password in place.
Angie Markham–Nock, customer support manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “Yorkshire Water employees will always carry ID with them – they'll usually turn up in a branded van
or car, and be wearing uniform too. If you’re worried about bogus callers and would like some additional peace of mind, you can set up a unique password with us.
“That means that whenever someone from Yorkshire Water comes to your door, you’ll be able to easily verify that they’re genuine, by asking for your password. To set up a
password you just need to register for our free priority services on our website.”
Kay Bainbridge, victim care & crime prevention office for West Yorkshire Police, said: “Bogus officials are a type of doorstep criminal who will pretend they have a legitimate
reason to enter your home. Once inside they will try to distract you in order to steal from you.
“Never let unexpected callers into your home until you are satisfied they are genuine, keep your doors locked and ask for identification, as all legitimate officials will
carry id that you can check. You can also contact the company they represent using a trusted number not one they have provided, and you can ask them to come back once you are satisfied they are genuine.
“The password scheme set up by Yorkshire Water is an ideal way of protection, allowing you to verify they are a genuine caller therefore ensuring the safety of yourself
or loved ones.
“Do not feel under any pressure to act quickly or allow anyone into your house you are not comfortable with.”
For more information on Yorkshire Water’s password scheme, register for the free priority services here:
Yorkshire Water customers can get in touch for free via live chat or by requesting a free call back at https://www.yorkshirewater.com
Save money on your utility bills and help conserve water by requesting a free water saving pack https://www.yorkshirewater.com/savewater