Humberside Police issue warning to public after several people receive hoax calls telling them 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.

Sunday, 9th May 2021, 12:11 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th May 2021, 3:50 pm

Several people in Humberside reported the prank on Thursday, 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.

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

“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.

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