Horror iPhone & Android scams will hijack your bank instantly – don’t fall for it

A BRIT photographer has been scammed out of £700 on his own doorstep after selling a mobile phone online.

Corresponding Chronicle LiveChris Gray believes he was the victim of the sinister trick after being tricked into using a fake banking app.

Photographer Chris Gray believes he's been the victim of a sinister new scam


Photographer Chris Gray believes he’s been the victim of a sinister new scamCredit: NCJMedia

Just last month, West Yorkshire Police warned of a new scam using fake financial apps to swindle people’s money.

Chris, from Howdon in Tyne and Wear, was duped by a scammer who bought an expensive smartphone from him online.

As agreed in social media messages, the buyer turned up at the 33-year-old’s to collect the device and complete the sale.

They agreed to pay a £700 bank transfer via a mobile app in front of Chris.

Gray says the app appeared to show the agreed amount, which was deposited into his bank account.

However, it turns out that the app was fake and the money never arrived.

Gray is an IT graduate and describes himself as tech-savvy — the kind of person who is unlikely to fall for a digital scam.

He asked the buyer to wait for the money to ensure the sale was completed.

However, after it didn’t arrive for 20 minutes, he did a quick Google search and sent the buyer on his way, as the transaction could take “up to two hours”.

Chris believes the buyer used a fake mobile banking app to make the transfer as the money never arrived.

He later messaged the buyer on social media to ask for proof that the transfer was complete.

The buyer replied that they would try to get one for him.

But by the time Chris contacted the buyer again, they had blocked him on social media.

He has reported the incident to the police and hopes that by sharing his experience he will prevent others from falling for the scam.

Chris said: “I’m aware of a lot of scams and never thought I’d fall victim to one. I don’t want anyone else to be victimized like me.

“Nowadays there are people who are struggling to support themselves and pay their energy bills, but then there are people who are stealing money from people who could really need it. For some people £700 is like a month’s wages.”

West Yorkshire Police highlighted a rise in fake banking app scams in a report last month.

“When a meeting takes place to hand over the item to be sold, the victim enters their bank details into a fake app on the criminal’s phone,” they said.

“Then a screen appears giving the impression that the money has been transferred successfully.

“But when the victim then checks their account, they find that the money wasn’t actually transferred.

“The criminal then pretends to call his bank and says it takes up to two hours for the money to appear. But the money never reaches the victim.”

Cops recommended that online sellers check buyer rating history and feedback from other reviewers.

“Beware of accounts that may have been set up recently and have a lot of positive feedback that sounds similar. This could be an indication of fake reviews,” they said.

“Always use the site’s recommended payment page (e.g. PayPal) and read the terms and conditions to understand what you’re protected for. If you pay using a method other than a recommended payment site, you may not be able to get your money back.

“If you are making cash payments, you should do so at your bank premises or at the seller’s premises for added protection.

“Avoid direct bank transfers whenever possible. Use well-known third-party providers after checking the terms and conditions.

“If paying by bank transfer, always check with your own bank to see if a payment shows as pending.

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“Keep any property until you have received confirmation from your bank that payment has been successfully received.

“Trust your instincts, if in doubt, decline the sale.”

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