Nationwide and the mortgage answer phone message

On Thursday I got a rather interesting and worrying thing happening, I got this message on my answer phone:

Hi this is _____ calling from Nationwide, I’m the mortgage consultant for West Bromwich branch.

Er, I’ve got an appointment booked to see you tomorrow morning at 09:30 in the Birmingham Bennets Hill branch, now I just wanted to have a chat with you about what you were looking to do and what you need to bring along with you – and if you give me a call back when you get this message that would be fantastic erm my mobile number is 07________, that’s ___________.

I’ll speak to you shortly, thank you, bye!

<handset put down>

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While I do have a few accounts with Nationwide, I’ve never had and never even indicated in any way that I wanted a mortgage, so this was slightly concerning. It’s also been a couple of years since I was last in Birmingham, so this was also weird.

The fact that I was supposed to call them back on a mobile number was also suspicious.

A trip into the local Edinburgh branch revealed nothing had happened with my account recently – no appointments, no contact, etc, and because they didn’t mention anything about me specifically in the call, and that the number was withheld, it seems likely that it was a scam. (Outgoing calls from Nationwide apparently set the caller ID to some 0845 number)

Another mystery solved :)

1 thought on “Nationwide and the mortgage answer phone message

  1. Too bad it turned out to be a scam. I had visions of driving over to Nationwide Plaza and giving them a piece of someone’s mind. I may just do so anyway. If I go late enough eXile will be open an’ I can grab a beer.

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