They claimed to be from our bank.
But you already know our bank details, I pointed out, cunningly.
Anyway, in the end we arranged to phone them back. They gave me a reference number and told us to ask for the Fraud Department.
The Fraud Department???
I mean, I know that banks are in business to make money from their poor customers by any means is available, but a Fraud Department? The HSBC have a dedicated Fraud Department?
That's a bit blatant even for a flipping bank, isn't it?
Word To Use Today: fraud. This word comes from the Latin fraus, which means deception.
PS It was all right, there was no fraud at all, the bank had just taken fright at our trying to make a payment to Millwall FC.
A fine example, I would say, of the pot calling the kettle black.