POLICE is warning WhatsApp users about a sneaky scam attacking your bank.
It works by using a sinister tactic to trick you into handing over money.
If you receive messages demanding money from friends or family, be extra vigilant.
Consider checking with the person through another app or in real life before handing over any funds.
The Notarized Transaction Standards Institute (CTSI) warned people about fraud.
One example of the scam was given by CTSI in a statement on its website.
It revealed: “A member of the public named Alison received a message on the popular messaging platform WhatsApp: ‘Hi Mom, I dropped my phone on the loo (sad emoji), here it is. is my new number. “
“Alison responded to the message and asked if it was her son, Will, to which the scammer responded affirmatively.
“The very next day, Alison’s ‘son’ texted her asking for £2,600 and explaining that he was messing with loan sharks and needed to pay. Alison didn’t suspect him. no doubt about the text for a moment.”
CTSI went on to explain how Alison tried and dialed the number she thought belonged to her son but kept getting reasons why ‘he’ couldn’t answer.
The scammer pressured Alison to make a quick payment so she tried to send the money to the scammer’s bank details.
Luckily, she forgot to click on the final payment confirmation and the money has not been sent yet.
She later found out it was a scam after the cybercriminal started asking for proof the money was sent.
CTSI director, Katherine Hart, said: “This is not the first time I have seen this type of message, which is deceptive in nature. .
“When receiving unsolicited messages like this, always be suspicious and double down on money.
“Alison did the right thing in trying to call that number for verification, but as we see the scammers are skilled at acting quickly, and she almost lost her money on it.”
In the UK you can forward suspicious messages to 7726, which is a free Ofcom service that will look into suspected scams.
Police Scotland has also warned about this scam.
“We have had reports in Edinburgh of people who received WhatsApp messages from a random number claiming to be their son/daughter lost their phone,” Police Scotland said. Edinburgh Live.
“Once parents believe they are talking to their child, the scammers ask them to send money for payment from their account.”
If you suspect someone has been hacked on WhatsApp, let them know through another service.
It’s easy to get back WhatsApp account and stop hackers.
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