National Insurance Number Scam
A National Insurance Number Scam leads to a surge of calls to Actionfraud UK issuing an urgent warning to every person with a National Insurance number in the UK following a rise in calls, where criminals try to steal peoples’ National Insurance Numbers falsely. This news is extremely worrying, as everyone in the UK is sent a National Insurance number before their sixteenth birthday.
Actionfraud UK has received over 34,000 complaints about National Insurance Number Scam, where victims reported receiving an automated telephone call, telling them their “National Insurance number has been compromised”. The victim is then directed to “press 1 on their handset to be connected with an officer” to supposedly fix the issue and get a new National Insurance number issued.
Following these instructions could potentially lead to more sinister consequences. Once connected to an “officer”, the victim is then put under considerable pressure to hand over critical personal details to receive a new National Insurance Number. This, however, won’t be the outcome as they’ve unwittingly have been connected to a criminal who now has all their personal details – By; giving the criminals your personal details will allow them to commit fraud using your credentials and information.
Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: “We are asking the public to remain vigilant about National Insurance Number Scam and to be cautious of any automated calls they receive mentioning their National Insurance number becoming compromised. It’s important to remember if you’re contacted out of the blue by someone asking for your personal or financial details, this is a warning that it could be a scam.”
When it comes to confirming personal details like your email address, date of birth or your mother’s maiden name, criminals can use this information to commit fraud. ActionFraud wants to make it clear that if you have any doubts about what is being asked of you, you should always hang up the phone. It’s unlikely that a legitimate organisation will rush or pressure you into disclosing these details.
They also said to consider challenging if the request is fake, making it clear that it’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore anyone asking for your details or money out of the ordinary.
If you believe that you have been scammed into providing personal details to someone over the phone, you should contact your bank, building society and credit card company immediately and report it to ActionFraud using their website or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Always remember to take a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information.
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