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Recently, we have been made aware of a number of scams taking place in Derbyshire, that residents have been receiving phone calls where the caller ID has been displaying an old force phone number. These types of scams are known as number spoofing.
The number reported to us in question, is an old non-emergency contact number (03451233333). Officers or members of police staff will not contact people from this number and we urge anybody who receives a call from it to report it immediately.
Fraudsters are using software to imitate organisations phone numbers, such as your bank, credit card companies or even the police, in an attempt to try and convince unsuspecting victims into transferring funds or providing personal or financial details to these scam artists.
If you have been targeted by a scam, then call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Please note: If debit cards, online banking or cheques are involved in the scam, your first step should be to contact your bank or credit card company.