People in Gedling borough are being warned about a new scam where criminals make people believe they are speaking to someone from HMRC and fooling their phone handset into displaying the contact number for Nottinghamshire Police.
Police say they received a report on Saturday from someone saying they’d received a scam call from a person claiming to be from HMRC. The victim was instantly suspicious and ended the call.
When the member of the public googled the number (0115 9670999) it came back as Nottinghamshire Police.
A spokesman for Nottinghamhire Police said: “This is a common tactic used by fraudsters where they falsify information displayed on caller ID systems, tricking people in believing they’re receiving a call from someone they know, a bank, HMRC or even the police.
“Always be wary about what the caller is asking of you. Never give out personal details, security information or bank details out over the telephone unless you’re 100% sure that the person is legitimate.
“If you’re not sure, tell them you will phone them back on the number that you know to be a genuine number for the organisation, not the one they provide.”
If you receive a suspicious call, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.