Cloned telephone numbers being used in bank fraud, Northamptonshire Police warns

Police are continuing to warn people to be on their guard against telephone scams, following recent reports of several calls received in Northamptonshire by conmen.

There are a number of variations of the scam but in all cases the fraudsters will pretend to be from a trusted organisation, such as a bank, building society or even the police.

The fraudsters encourage people to give them their bank details and PIN, transfer money into bogus accounts or even to hand over cash or bank cards to a ‘courier’.

A recent variation of the scam is known as ‘number spoofing’, whereby the telephone number of the organisation the fraudster wants to impersonate is cloned so that it appears on the victim’s caller ID display when they telephone them.

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