Many of our members have been receiving quite scary recorded calls with an officious voice claiming to be from the National Crime Agency regarding the suspension of their National Insurance Number. Recipients of the call are instructed to press 1 to speak to an operator or face “serious consequences”. Most of us grow up with a healthy fear of authority and such stern words have conned many into engaging with such a call and handing over personal information which then allows the fraudsters to open accounts and take out loans in the victim’s name. Action Fraud have received more than twice the number of complaints this year to last year on this scam.
HANGUP ON ANY RECOREDED MESSAGE CALL REGADING YOUR NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBER
Tips and Advice
- Dear Who?–Unless a call, email or text is addressed to you personally it is very likely to be a fake
- Personal means private!– Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are sharing it with, and certainly not PIN numbers!
- Report it! – Call 101 to report the call
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
- ID Protection–If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool
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