South Yorkshire Police issue warning about national insurance scam

24 February 2022

The fraud co-ordination team at South Yorkshire Police have warned residents about scam calls regarding national insurance.

Police began to receive reports of these calls a few weeks ago and have since confirmed that they are in fact fraudulent.

Victims of the scam have complained about being contacted by people posing as South Yorkshire Police (SYP) officers or government officials, following which they are told that their national insurance number has been compromised and is being used for illegal activities and that they would be contacted further regarding the same by a ‘police officer’.

Some residents just received the first call this week, including Simon Wilkinson from Sheffield, who said: “A few times I have had a recorded message (when answering a phone call) claiming to be the national crime agency, saying my national insurance number had been used fraudulently.

“I am sure no one is listening but I do shout, ‘Go forth and multiply!’ down the phone.”

Pic by South Yorkshire Police

When asked if he contacted the police, Mr Wilkinson admitted it seemed ‘pointless’ after experiencing previous disappointments due to their inaction in other circumstances.

Others have alerted SYP, saying they received a follow-up call shortly after wherein the fraudsters requested the victim’s bank information and account balances. Some have also claimed that the so-called police officers have gathered personal information about the victims such as old addresses, which makes it seem more realistic to the person on the other side of the phone.

Finally, the victims are told to withdraw cash from their accounts, put it into a cryptocurrency machine, or have a government-backed account set up for them to transfer their funds to. PC Angela Senior, a member of SYP´s fraud coordination team, said: “These calls are not genuine.

“Please be vigilant and remember that no matter how sincere or official the caller seems, our police officers or official government agencies will never ask you to reveal your bank details or personal information on a call like this.

“Elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours could be particularly susceptible to falling victim to these types of scams, so please pass this information along to them.”

SYP have advised that if you receive a similar call, hang up the phone and call them on 101 from a different phone to double-check.

Written by Elena Baeza Ruso

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