Authorities have issued a warning over a sophisticate new “number spoofing” phone scam, in which fraudsters call a person from their partner’s phone to claim they have been in a terrible accident and require expensive emergency surgery.
Police highlighted a case in north Yorkshire where a man received a call that appeared to be from his wife’s mobile phone.
The victim spoke to a man with a “foreign sounding accent [who] introduced himself as a doctor from the Friarage Hospital, stating that his wife had been in a car accident and required emergency surgery,” a spokesperson from North Yorkshire police said in a statement.
‘His wife was fit and well’
However, he was also told that the procedure was not covered by the NHS and requested bank details to make a transfer of £300 to cover the surgery at the hospital in Northallerton.
The police warning added: “The reportee has replied by stating he would make his way to the hospital immediately and so the caller has hung up.