AN AUSTRALIAN has described how he was almost scammed out of £3,000 by scammers posing as his son on WhatsApp.
Scientist Alan Baxter said he realized he was being fleeced and averted disaster thanks to the criminal’s lack of punctuation.
Write on Twitter Earlier this month, he slammed banks for facilitating crooks and not freezing the scammer’s account.
In a later tweet, Baxter confirmed that the attacker’s account was shut down by ANZ after they initially refused to act.
The scammers used a tactic that is becoming increasingly popular among scammers: impersonating a family member in dire need of financial help.
The Sun previously helped a 75-year-old Brit withdraw £1,500 from his bank after he was scammed by someone posing as his granddaughter on WhatsApp.
Baxter, an immunologist with 34,000 Twitter followers, shared screenshots of texts sent to him by scammers.
They read: “Hello dad, this is my temporary number. I am using an old device until my phone is fixed.
“I don’t have the banking app on this phone. I wanted to make a payment today but I can’t do it myself.
“Can you help? I’ll send you the details if it’s ok.”
The tricky customer then submitted bank details and asked Baxter to send him 4,700 AUS (£2,691).
But the scientist quickly stopped that something was wrong and did not send any money.
“My son is an English teacher, so the lack of grammar and points alarmed me,” said Mr. Baxter Daily Mail.
“I first contacted ANZ’s customer hotline but was told that it (the scam) had nothing to do with the bank’s activities and that there was nothing they could do.
“I thought it would be an opportunity for the bank to close or freeze the account and even investigate the funds received.”
Baxter said a customer service representative refused to take the scammer’s details and hung up when asked to speak to someone more senior.
“All of this raises the question of the responsibility of a bank that supports fraud in a situation like this,” Baxter wrote on Twitter.
“They are clearly profiting from the scam, providing the resources to make it happen and refusing to act even when offered evidence.”
ANZ Bank has now “restricted” the account.
“We were made aware of the issue and our teams took immediate steps to address it, including restricting the account,” a spokesman said.
“As this matter is still under investigation, we cannot discuss it further.”
If you are concerned that you have been scammed by a financial scam, the first thing you should do is contact your bank.
You should then report it to ActionFraud. your site is actionfraud.police.ukand her phone number is 0300 123 2040.
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