A woman has issued a warning after sick scammers called to say her husband had been injured in a car crash and she had to pay £300 for his surgery.
Beth Bodycote started panicking when she got a call telling her she had to pay for metal rods used to help treat her husband Keith, the Leicester Mercury reports.
Together with the police the 43-year-old mum of two is now warning others about the scam.
She said It was incredibly upsetting.
I got the call at home and went into panic mode.
My mind started to race about how badly Keith was or even whether he might die.
The children were with me and were crying knowing their daddy had been hurt in a car crash.
Mrs Bodycote, who works from home as a dog groomer, said I was at home and got a phone call at 10.30am on Monday February 26.
Keith’s number came up and I just asked it was him.
Then a man’s voice came on and asked if I was Keith’s wife.
I said yes and he told me that Keith had been hurt in a car accident.
I panicked and asked how Keith was, if he was even alive but the man did not answer me.
The caller then said Keith was in Bramcote Hospital in Nuneaton and needed surgery straightaway.
The man said he was Dr Verma and told me that the NHS did not cover the cost of the titanium rods needed to be inserted into his legs.
Mrs Bodycote, who used to work as an administration manager in the NHS, said alarm bells started to ring.
She said I said they should do the operation and I would pay later.
The supposed doctor said that I was wasting time and effectively putting my husband’s health at risk.
He said he had large open wounds that could get infected.
Mrs Bodycote went into the kitchen to get an iPad to search for a number for the hospital when the mobile phone of her youngest daughter, Lois, 9, rang.
Mrs Bodycote said It was her daddy.
I grabbed the phone off her and asked if he was in hospital after having been in an accident.
He told he was fine and nothing had happened.
I went back into my office and called the man a liar and slammed the phone down.
The next day Mr Bodycote received a call telling her his wife had been involved in a car crash and he needed to pay for her treatment.
Mrs Bodycote said I just can’t believe these people.
I rang the police and fraud squad officers told me quite a lot of people had received these calls and some people had paid out.
I just to warn everyone out there about this horrible scam which has left me feeling really upset and angry.
A spokeswoman from Action Fraud said that Mrs Bodycote’s call is being assessed by the City of London Police;s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.
An Action Fraud spokeswoman said This type of scam, known as ‘number spoofing’, works by fraudsters cloning the telephone number of the organisation or person they want to impersonate and then making it appear on the victim’s caller ID display when they telephone them.
The fraudsters will then gain the person’s trust by highlighting the number to them, claiming that this is proof of their identity, before trying to scam them in various ways.
Never assume that someone is who they say they are just because their number matches that of an organisation or person you know.
If someone tries to draw your attention to the number on your caller ID display, you should immediately become suspicious.
If you think you have been a victim of fraud, contact Action Fraud.
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