‘People will fall for it!’ National Insurance warning issued as thousands get scam call
Many Britons have received a call regarding their National Insurance number which may be particularly concerning to those who are not aware it is a scam. The bogus automated phone call informs Britons their National Insurance number has been suspended. The call has cited fraudulent activity taking place on a person’s number, and threatens arrest if an individual does not take action.
Some can quote a person’s name or other details about them due to conducting their due diligence through online research.
Other scammers have cited the address of HMRC, or spoofed official numbers to add legitimacy to their claims.
This has, however, been confirmed as a scam, with criminals attempting to harvest the personal details of unsuspecting Britons.
This can then be used for identity fraud, with Britons losing potentially thousands of pounds as a result.
A number of people expressed their concern about coming into contact with this scam, and warned others to stay vigilant.
“Fortunately, at 82, he is savvy enough to recognise a scam.”
Britons have been urged to spread the word with family and friends to ensure no-one ends up falling for this scam or a variation of it.
This is particularly the case for vulnerable individuals who may be easily duped by the scammers who are preying on them and their honesty.
The criminals can also be officially reported to help authorities crack down on instances of scams.
Action Fraud, the national cybercrime reporting service, is said to be the best point of contact.
Indeed, if a person feels they may have become a victim to such a scam, they should reach out to the service, and their bank at the soonest possible availability.
A bank may be able to provide immediate help by blocking transactions out of the account, for example.
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