Do you have an issue you need to put right? Which? is here to help get your consumer problems sorted.
My son sent me a message on WhatsApp, asking if I could pay a £3,600 bill for him because he'd had problems setting up the online payment.
The HSBC account I was asked to transfer the money to wasn't in my son's name, but I thought it might be a friend who he owed money to, so I went ahead.
When I talked to my son shortly after, he said he'd sent no such message. Can I get my money back?
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Michael Tomlinson and Mike Croxford, Which? Money Helpline advisers, sayu2026
Banks that have signed up to this code agree to identify and, if necessary, stop suspicious payments and to reimburse blameless victims.
After several weeks spent investigating, your bank (Santander) refused to refund you. But we thought that shouldn't be the end of the matter.
The code requires customers to take care - such as checking the payment details of the recipient - and also requires banks to take customers' vulnerability into account. Age is a factor, and you are in your eighties.
After you escalated it to Santander's complaints department, it quickly decided to refund you in full.
Other victims might not be so lucky; without a thorough understanding of the code, and a lot of patience, many will accept the bank's initial refusal to refund. It's for this reason we've been for bank transfer scam victims.
Always be wary of messages requesting money or details, even if they appear to come from a trusted contact - insist on talking to them and don't be rushed. You can also block and report numbers.
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