LISTEN: Cath Marshall explains how the scam works
A Pitlochry resident has fallen victim to a national insurance number scam which has been going around the country.
The scammers pose as government officials and tell the person on the other end of the line that if they press one they will be connected to a ‘caller’ who then asks for personal details in order for them to provide a new national insurance number.
Cath Marshall, from Pitlochry’s neighbourhood watch, said: “It’s an automated message that tells you that your NI number has been compromised, or has been suspended, and urges you to press button one to arrange for a new national insurance number.
“Please don’t do that, put the phone down, it’s a scam.”
Action Fraud reaffirmed: “If you receive a similar call, hang up and don’t press 1. If you do speak to a ‘caller’, don’t confirm or provide any personal or financial details.
“Action Fraud advise that no legitimate organisation will rush or pressure you – only criminals will try to panic you.”
Anyone who does receive a phone call which sounds like this should report it to Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000.
Alternatively, a report can be made using their online resource ‘Scamwatch’ on: https://scamwatch.consumeradvice.scot/
Police Scotland can also be informed by phoning 101.