I became aware of this new initiative to try and prevent telephone fraud and given the many people who have been financially impacted by such activities I thought it would be a good idea to promote it.
From the website 159 — Stop Scams UK
If you think someone is trying to trick you into handing over money or personal details…
…Stop, hang up and call 159 to speak directly to your bank.
Last year criminal gangs stole over £470m by pretending to be your bank or other service provider.
159 is the memorable, secure number that contacts you directly to your bank if you think you’re being scammed.
159 works in the same way as 101 for the police or 111 for the NHS. It’s the number you can trust to get you through to your bank, every time.
159 will never call you. Only a fraudster will object to you calling 159.