Amidst the momentary confusion caused by the pop-up call display number looking like your own, the call will frequently get answered. Once it is the scam follows a classic pattern that we have written about before.
“We are calling from HMRC/DVLA/NHS and there is a problem with your account, please ‘press 1’ to speak with an advisor, or police officer, about unpaid fines or outstanding warrants.”
Action Fraud reported that they received 2,110 scam call reports where the caller’s number matched the first seven digits of the victim’s own phone number in May 2021. Of these, 1,426 – some 68% – referred to HM Revenue and Customs or National Insurance.
Victims have also reported similar tactics being used to target them through popular messaging apps, such as WhatsApp.
Now you know the trick, watch out for these type of calls.