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Computers ask 'Is that you'?

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BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Saturday, 22nd September 2012 at 1204 BST On Radio 4 and Online

Most high street banks are now using automated calls to alert customers to any unusual transaction and to ask them if they have made it.

Santander says it is making around a thousand calls a day just to verify cheque payments.

But how does the customer know it's actually the bank calling and not a fraudster trying to obtain your details?

Bob Howard reports and Paul talks to Richard Koch from the bank industry body UK Payments.

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There is also more money going begging for updating heating systems but that is confined to low income households of particular types.

Paul Lewis talks to Jessica Forster, Energy doctor at the Energy Saving Trust to find out what deals are available.

Bankrupts not welcome, says Coop

If you're declared bankrupt but still need a bank acccount for your wages, your benefits or to manage payments, then your choices are now much reduced.

By fifty per-cent, in fact. From this week, the Co-operative Bank has stopped offering a bank account to new customers who are undischarged bankrupts. Which leaves only Barclays on the high street willing to provide them.

Paul Lewis hears from the Cooperative Bank's Head of Banking, Robin Taylor and talks to Mike McAteer, Director of The Financial Inclusion Centre.

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