Warning over ‘sophisticated’ new phone scam after man called from wife’s number claiming she suffered terrible accident  : i News


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.

Source: Warning over ‘sophisticated’ new phone scam after man called from wife’s number claiming she suffered terrible accident : i News

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