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Beware Covid-19 phone scam

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Urging people to be vigilant after it was made aware of scammers offering Covid-19 vaccinations

Several customers have reported receiving phone calls reportedly from the “01482” dialling code area trying to sell Covid-19 vaccinations and asking for bank details.

A spokesperson for KCOM urged customers to be wary, saying: “We've been made aware of a spate of scam calls recently from people posing as health workers, calling from what appear to be local Hull phone numbers.

“This is known as ‘spoofing’ where the scammer can make it look as if they are calling from a 01482 number when in reality they are probably calling from abroad.

“We have already blocked several numbers that have been reported to us by our customers. Fortunately, those customers we’ve spoken to have realised something's not quite right and ended the call – and have avoided losing money as a result.

“If you’re ever suspicious about a call, we recommend you hang up immediately. Never give out any personal information or bank details and never allow anyone to take remote control of your computer.

“Anyone who believes they have been targeted by a scam caller should report it to Action Fraud, the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre, by calling 0300 123 2040 or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

Providing Action Fraud with this information enables it to track and fight cyber crime.

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