Public told to answer their phone, and shout out their PIN immediately

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From January, people will be encouraged to answer their phone by immediately stating their PIN, mother’s maiden name and the last three digits from the back of their bank card.

The new initiative is looking to cut down on the time wasted investigating fraud, and then attempting to claw back pilfered funds.

Chief of Police, Peter Thape believes that answering the phone has become a game of Russian roulette, with more or less every phone call looking to pull your pants down in one way or another.

‘The whole phone thing’s become too stressful. Just pick up the phone and blurt out your password. Good – now it’s done. We’ll freeze the bank accounts from this end,’ said Thape.

‘And by the way, you don’t know anybody from Nigeria,’ added Thape.