Scam Calls that come from
"matching" mobile phone numbers
Here at CAPASP, we spotted a couple of
months ago (thanks to some of our vigilant supporters) that people were
receiving scam calls that appeared to be coming from numbers similar to their
own. Now the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has issued a
warning to the public to be vigilant of such scam calls.
Commonly, the first seven digits
(07nnnnn) match the victim’s own number. The calls impersonate well-known
government organisations, or law enforcement agencies, and will ask the
recipient of the call to "press 1" in order to speak with an
advisor, or police officer, about unpaid fines or police warrants.
In May 2021, Action Fraud received 2,110
scam call reports where the caller’s number matched the first seven digits of
the victim’s own phone number. Of these, 1,426 (68%) referred to HMRC or
Victims have also reported receiving
these types of calls, and messaging, via widely-used messaging apps, such as
What you can do
and law enforcement agencies will not notify you about unpaid fines or
outstanding police warrants by calling or texting you. Do not respond to
any calls or texts you receive about these.
take a moment to stop and think before parting with money or your
personal information, it could prevent you from falling victim to fraud.
it’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will
try to rush or panic you.
you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by forwarding
the message to 7726. It’s free of charge.
telephone/mobile calls can be reported to Action Fraud via their