Security fears were sparked today after a prank call apparently to Rishi Sunak’s voicemail was posted online.
Audio of someone ringing a number previously used by the PM showed it going through to answerphone.
The incident, first reported by the Sun, has echoes of a similar scare that hit Boris Johnson two years ago, when he was forced to change his number.
Popular gossip newsletter Popbitch gave its readers clues on how to find the then-PM’s number, pointing them to a press release from his time as MP for Henley in 2006.
Security fears were sparked today after a prank call to Rishi Sunak ‘s answerphone was posted online
The number was written on the bottom of the press release.
There have been reports that Mr Sunak changed his contact details when he became premier.
He told the Covid inquiry that he does ‘not have access’ to WhatsApp messages from when he was chancellor because he had switched his phone several times and not backed them up.
However, the fact that the phone still goes through to answerphone during the prank call could raise questions about why it remains active.
Downing Street refused to comment on security matters.