Some disturbing reports have recently come to light where Officers of Shooting Clubs have been contacted by telephone by someone claiming to be from the Club's bank demanding information regarding the Club's Home Office Approval, FAC and individual members' details - including FAC details and firearms possessed, personal addresses and more.
Some reports say that the caller claims they are required to check that their customers are operating within the law, but the BSSC advise this is groundless and unnecessary. The BSSC's Secretary David Penn says, "I am advised that Barclays, or any other financial institution, have no legal grounds to demand such information."
The NSRA advice to Club Officials receiving such a demand is as follows:
- If you receive a cold call, do not assume that the caller is who they claim to be.
- NEVER give out any information over the phone. If you believe the call is genuine, ask them to put the request in writing.
- Make a note of the caller's name and organisation, and tell the NSRA about the call.
- Remember that it is against Data Protection laws to release any information about individuals to third parties without the consent of the individual concerned.
For more information on this issue, see the following links (provided by the BSSC):