Thursday, 25 November 2021

Whatsapp Scam Alert


Whatsapp Scam Alert

A convincing WhatsApp scam where criminals pose as a friend or family member in need has cost users almost £50,000 in three months.

A Whatsapp scam doing the rounds - a random number will message purporting to be a family member saying they are in financial trouble and to help by transferring money to an account.  It goes something like this:

Mum?
Mum?
My phone is broken so am on a new number - can you do me a favour, my internet banking is down and I need to pay an urgent bill, can you transfer some money to this account please XXXXXXXX and i'll send it back first thing tomorrow.

It's as simple as that.  Don't fall foul to these scammers, always check with family members via another means before sending money anywhere!  And remember your bank will never contact you asking you to confirm your account numbers.

Action Fraud [24-11-2021]

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