Fraud, fine food and old tights | Brief letters

EasyJet hack | Johnson’s U-turn | Tights | Albino pheasants | Favourite restaurants

Your article (EasyJet hacking attack: are you affected and what should you do?, 19 May) on dealing with a suspicious phone call about fraudulent transactions suggests: “End the call and then phone the bank or card company back to check it was legitimate.” What is missing is the fact that fraudsters can “spoof” the dial tone, hold on to the line and pretend to be the bank. The correct procedure is firstly to phone a friend, who the fraudsters cannot imitate, to check the line is actually clear.
Geoff Thomas
Merthyr Tudful

• Only the Guardian and one other paper put Johnson’s U-turn on the front page (Johnson forced to drop NHS surcharge for migrant health workers, 21 May). All those owned by Tory-funding billionaires published distraction. They couldn’t have avoided that this happened not from a change of heart but for political expediency.
Tony Vinicombe
Shoreham, West Sussex

• As kids in the 70s we used to knot a tennis ball in the foot of a doubled-up pair of old tights (Letters, 20 May) and then, backs to the wall, swing it up and down, side to side, under a raised leg etc, trying not to whack ourselves in the face. Was this universal?
Kathryn McGlynn
Dronfield, Derbyshire

• Never mind the cuckoos (Letters, 21 May). After 75 years of watching birds, I have seen an albino pheasant here in Cumbria for the first time. Have any readers seen such a bird?
David Clark (Labour peer)
Windermere, Cumbria

• It is small things that are keeping me going. Having my two favourite restaurants, Betty’s and Diwana’s, mentioned on the letters page (21 May) brought a rush of joy and so many happy memories.
Susan Hutchinson

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