POLICE has warned people to be on the lookout for a cunning WhatsApp scammer used to trick you into thinking it’s a loved one in need.
Victims have lost thousands due to the increasing number of scam messages and calls.
The latest cruel trick employed by scammers is to disguise themselves as a family member or friend, who texts asking for help.
They say they need you to deposit some money because there is a problem with their main account.
The lie continues by assuming they have changed phones, as an excuse for why they are contacting you from a new number.
Director Gerard Pollock, president of the ScamwiseNI Partnership, said: “In each case, an purported family member, usually a daughter or son, demanded money.
“Typically, the ‘mistress’ lacks money or pays bills late, so she asks the recipient to transfer money to her account.
“This is supported by a story that he or she recently changed their phone number or phone number.
“It’s a despicable act, taking advantage of one’s willingness to help to help loved ones who may be away from home.”
Police are particularly concerned about elderly relatives of victims and are encouraging families to talk to them about the risks.
While some victims were careful enough to check using the person’s original number before doing anything, others have unfortunately fallen for the ruse.
“Just last week, a victim lost £6,000 after receiving one of these messages,” Director Pollock revealed.
“It’s really important that if you have older family members, talk to them and warn them about this particular type of scam.
“This is a really important conversation.
“Scammers will try anything to trick people. Scams can come in all shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common – scammers rely on trust and vulnerability. of the people they target.
“Hard-earned savings can easily disappear in the blink of an eye and with it a person’s confidence.”
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