TIM DREW: Be aware of group of scammers who have ‘hijacked’ the Crimestoppers phone number

Tim Drew
Tim Drew

Crimestoppers, the charity which enables callers to pass on details of crimes while retaining anonymity, has warned about a group of scammers who have ‘hijacked’ its 0800 555 111 number.

The scammers say that they are “Crimestoppers at the Home Office” and refer their intended victim to the Crimestoppers website to confirm its number.

They then ask for personal information, including bank details.

Crimestoppers never makes cold calls to members of the public asking for any personal details, so if anyone does receive a call from someone asking for personal information and claiming to be from Crimestoppers, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Roger Critchell, director of operations for Crimestoppers, said: “We are currently talking to our phone service provider to attempt to resolve the situation over our number being hijacked and hope this can be rectified as quickly as possible.

“I would emphasise that it is business as normal for the charity and people can still contact us on 0800 555 111 to pass on anonymous information about crime, but we wanted to make sure people were aware that we will never, ever contact them asking for personal details, so please do not hand any over if you are contacted by someone claiming to be Crimestoppers.”

• PCSO Nicola Burstow will host her surgery at The Wave Family Centre, Dominion Road, between midday and 1pm on June 23, followed by two surgeries on,June 25, hosted respectively by PCSO Ben Cruise between 11am and noon, at the West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Tarring, and PCSO Catherine Dines at Buddy’s Café between midday and 1pm on June 26. PCSO Ros Tite’s surgery will be held between midday and 1pm at the Maybridge Keystone Centre.

Meanwhile, the second Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Awareness Event will be held on June 20, between 10am and 4pm in South Street, Worthing.