North Yorkshire Police would like to make people aware of the following phone scam reported on 10 April:
A member of the public, from the Northallerton area, has received a call on his mobile from his wife’s mobile number, on answering the call a male with a foreign sounding accent has introduced himself as a Doctor from the Friarage Hospital stating that his wife had been in a car accident and required emergency surgery. However the procedure she required was not covered under NHS budgets and requested bank details to release the required funds of £300.
The reportee has replied by stating he would make his way to the hospital immediately and so the caller has hung up. He has then called his wife’s number back, who answered fit and well. The incident has been referred to Action Fraud and NYPs Economic Crime Unit for further investigation, as the perpetrators appear to be using sophisticated methods to link two mobile numbers together, in order to achieve the necessary impact, to fulfil their scam.
This incident has been distressing for the parties involved, but luckily no bank details were given out. Please make friends and relatives aware of this incident, especially the more vulnerable. If you do receive such a call, please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.