Consumers in Halton have been receiving telephone calls from a mobile number stating that their National Insurance number is going to be suspended for essential government security reasons.

Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Trading Standards, Cllr Dave Cargill, warned this was a scam.

He said: “This has the aim of extracting consumer’s personal and banking details. Do not give out any of your personal or banking details and simply hang up the phone. “

If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.

If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline or 0808 223 1133