In walking back through Civic from a meeting yesterday I was intercepted by a very friendly red cross worker wanting a chat. He had the t-shirt and badge and I noticed several other similarly dressed people talking, or at least trying to talk, to other good citizens.
I stopped as I regularly give blood and am about to register as on the bone-marrow donor list – I thought this guy might have some info I could use.
However he started going into a very well prepared patter about kids in Canberra that don’t get enough breakfast and before I knew it he had a form in his hand and I’d given him my name, employment details etc…
I finally get hold of myself when he started asking for my bank account number, BSB and suchlike.
On telling this guy I didn’t have my wallet on me he pulled out his mobile phone and a phone book and said “here call your bank now and get the over the phones”.
This was the biggest warning sign for me and I walked off not just a bit unnerved. It would be easy to see how the old or vulnerable would be pressured into giving over their bank details to strangers.
While I’m going to call the Red Cross voicing my concern about this ‘pressure’ technique I’m curious if anybody else had similar experience yesterday. Also, while this group were from Melb. and only in the ACT for 1 day they did have very professional t-shirts, forms and promotional material so I’m pretty sure it’s not an unauthorised scam.