A woman from Leicestershire is warning others about a telephone scam she was almost duped into.
Beth Bodycote, from Countesthorpe, received a call from someone saying her husband had been injured in a car crash and taken to hospital. The call seemed genuine because it appeared to come from her husband’s phone.
They told her she had to make an online payment of £300 for his surgery.
In her panic, Beth almost parted with the cash but then she got a call from her husband on another line. He confirmed he had not been in a crash at all. Beth then confronted the caller, who ended the call.
Then the next day, Beth’s husband received a call from his wife’s phone number to say she had been involved in a car crash. He ended the call straight away.
This kind of fraud is known as Caller ID spoofing, and can be effective as the receiver of the call is led to believe the call is coming from the phone of someone they know.
Caller ID spoofing has been available for years to people with a specialized digital connection to the telephone company, called an ISDN PRI circuit and has netted millions to fraudsters so far.
Beth said: “It was absolutely horrendous. These callous people that play on people’s emotions. It wasn’t just me that was involved, it was my children.”
She added: “It was so upsetting. I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I went through.”
If you receive a call similar to this, please do not make an online payment and contact Leicestershire Police immediately.