Humberside Police issue warning after several people receive hoax calls telling them a loved one has died in road collision
People are being warned about a cruel hoax caller who has been falsely telling members of the public that their loved ones have died in a car crash.
Several people in Humberside reported the prank in which an unknown offender rang different phone numbers pretending to be a police officer.
A statement released by Humberside Police on Saturday said that receivers of the hoax call reported being told that a relative had been killed in a fatal collision.
Detective Inspector Andy Robinson, from the force, said: “I would like to reassure people that we are treating these as hoax calls and take matters of this nature extremely seriously. As police officers, we would never contact a member of the public by telephone to inform them of such a tragic and distressing incident.”
He added that anybody who receives a call from someone claiming to be a police officer should ask which force they are calling from, then call 101 from a different number if possible.
Anybody who receives a similar call or who has information which can help the investigation is asked to contact the force on 101 quoting log 588 of Thursday, May 6.