By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 03 October 2013 Updated: 04/10 07:30
A TRAUMATISED resident has called on others to be on their guard after a distressing hoax call.
Belinda Widdop from Studley received the phonecall on Friday (September 27) alleging her husband had been involved in an accident on his motorcycle and was seriously ill in hospital.
Thankfully her husband, who had left the family home on his bike 15 minutes beforehand, was unhurt and had not been involved in an incident but Mrs Widdop said she was left distressed by the call.
She told the Standard the man sounded of Asian descent and knew her name, address and postcode.
“The police are unable to track the call and the telephone provider can’t track the call either.
“I have been left traumatised and it has upset the whole family. It was absolutely awful.”
Police confirmed they had received a report of the incident, which is classed as a malicious communication, when the man had introduced himself as Walter from the road traffic accident department.
A Warwickshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating the circumstances of the call and are keen to hear from anyone else who has received similar calls who may be able to assist them with their enquiries.
“If you believe a call may be bogus, please ask the caller where they are calling from and what their telephone number is.
“If they are genuine they will be happy to provide you with this information and before you call them back you can check it is correct by looking up the number yourself.”
Anyone with any information should call police on 101.
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