The Final Word On Passwords, Part 3

| Right | December 16, 2015

(I work for a major telecommunications company that operates in Atlantic Canada as a customer service rep. A customer calls in and has a password on the account for verification (Instead of using D.O.B.))

Me: *after going through introductions, name and account number* “Thank you and for security purposes, can you confirm the password on the account?”

Customer: “Is it this?”

Me: “That isn’t the correct password on file.”

Customer: “Is it password?”

Me: “Unfortunately that is still incorrect.”

Customer: “I forget it.”

Me: “Well, we can’t go over any information unless you verify the password.”

Customer: “But I have a million passwords.”

Me: “Unfortunately, since I can’t verify you, you must go to a retail store location with photo ID and we can change or remove the password.”

Customer: “WHY SHOULD I USE TIME OUT OF MY DAY TO FIX YOUR PROBLEM?!”

Me: “Well, you chose the password and also chose not to add a hint. Policy states if you can’t verify yourself on your account you must prove you are who you say you are in store with picture ID.”

Customer: “YOU GUYS ARE CROOKS HIDING MY ACCOUNT INFORMATION FROM ME! I’M GOING TO [COMPETITOR COMPANY]!” *click*

Coworker: “Umm… did she seriously say she would disconnect because she didn’t know her own password?”

Related:
The Final Word On Passwords, Part 2
The Final Word On Passwords

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