Beware of national insurance scammers

We’re urging people to remain on guard against a national insurance scam after hundreds of West Midlands residents have already been conned this year.

Fraudsters posing as police or other law enforcement agencies are tricking targets by claiming their NI number is ’compromised’ and obtaining personal details to steal cash.

There have been just over 200 reports in our region between January and March with almost £34,000 lost. Victims have ranged from 19 to 90 and we’re urging people not to be duped by these con-artists.

Chloe Guy , from our economic crime unit, said: "Unfortunately these fraudsters are still active and looking to prey on people to steal cash.

"They will pose as one of a number of officials and claim their target’s national insurance number is compromised, going to be blocked or needs to be changed. If you are contacted and told to transfer money to avoid this from happening, it is a scam.

"If you receive a call out the blue and the individual is pressuring you to make payment otherwise your national insurance number will be compromised, again it’s a scam, so hang up and report to Action Fraud.

"Remember your bank, a police officer or governmental organisation would never ask you for funds to put towards an investigation. Neither would they ask for funds to restore your national insurance number."

If you’ve been the victim of a fraud or you suspect one is being attempted, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk.

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