West Yorkshire has seen a sudden rise in reports to Action Fraud around a National Insurance number scam.
Victims have reported receiving an automated telephone call telling them their “National Insurance number has been compromised” and in order to fix this and get a new number, the victim needs to “press 1 on their handset to be connected to the caller”.
Once connected to the “caller”, victims are pressured into giving over their personal details in order to receive a new National Insurance number. In reality, they’ve been connected to a criminal who can now use their personal details to commit fraud.
If you get a similar call and are unsure, dont be afraid to hang up and get advice. If you think you have fallen victim please act and contact your bank and Action Fraud. Further details re Identity Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/identity-fraud-and-identity-theft
As ever remain vigilant, criminals will try and pressure you into quick decisions. Don’t fall for it.