As from Kent Public Protection 1 July 2019
National Insurance Phone Scams Alert : We have received reports of telephone scammers once again targeting people in Kent.
How this scam works:
•The scam caller says they are from the National Insurance Enforcement Agency and your National Insurance number is being held - either for non-payment or due to doing something illegal against the government.
•The caller might know your NI number and ask you to verify name and DOB.
•They may say there is a warrant out for your arrest and to either pay now or go to court and perhaps jail.
•They may also say that if you didn’t pay you will be prevented from getting any benefits or that they have the authority to freeze your bank account.
•One resident was asked for £48,000 to "unblock their NI number"!
•Scammers may call multiple times
What to do:
•Hang up and don't return their calls.
•NEVER disclose any personal information such as bank details or date of birth, no matter who the person claims to be.
•If you have already given money to scammers, contact Kent Police by calling 101 and you can also report it to Action Fraud. The information you give to Action Fraud can help track down the scammer.
If you have an external letterbox- beware!
Mail can provide fraudsters with a lot of the information they need to commit a crime of fraud or identity theft. It’s also reasonably easy to intercept someone’s mail, especially i fthey have an external mailbox.
•The criminals search an area for external letterboxes and steal documents such as bank statements.
•They check the electoral roll or search online for further information to apply for multiple credit cards in the resident’s name.
•When the cards arrive, the criminal collects them from the external mailbox.
What to do
•Make sure your letterbox is secure and cannot be accessed by anyone else or install an anti-theft letterbox
•Emptyyour mailbox regularly.
•Ifyou have been a victim ofthis type of crime call Kent Police on 101
To further protect yourself from this type of crime, conside rdoing a regular credit check to see if any applications you don’t recognise appear. You can do this for free with some services.