WhatsApp alert as grandpa sent £24,000 to ‘son’ after scammers posed as him and stole credit card

WHATSAPP users are warned after a grandpa was tricked into sending £24,000 to cruel scammers pretending to be his son.

Nigel Gammon, 77, fell victim to the scam after the scammers texted him and later stole his credit card information.

Nigel sent £24,000 to the scammers

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Nigel sent £24,000 to the scammersCredit: 9 messages
The cruel scammers sent him a message pretending to be his son

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The cruel scammers sent him a message pretending to be his sonCredit: 9 messages

Nigel from Kent Town, Adelaide uses WhatsApp to contact his son Jock who recently moved abroad.

He received a text message that seemed entirely legitimate, reports 9News.

It read: “Hello dad. My other phone crashed but this is my temporary number…

“I have a payment that needs to be paid today. Can you send me a picture of the front and back of your credit card…”

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Nigel was shocked to discover the truth, saying: “Anyone who receives a message from their son would feel the same way if you could help them through it

“I’m very upset about the whole incident, I think my son feels particularly guilty.

“It was one in the morning over there and I just didn’t want to call him, which I should have.”

The devastated grandpa continued, “The worst part was when they locked it, they put a heart on it for the clasp.”

Only £8,000 has been collected so far.

Police said this type of scam was particularly common, describing it as “pretty simple”.

Scammers target their victims, find information about them on social media, and then use emojis to establish a relationship.

WhatsApp has now introduced the ability to make group conversations bigger.

WhatsApp users should consider enabling an ingenious privacy feature called Message Timer.

WhatsApp users have also been warned about another malicious trick that could be used by cyber criminals.

https://www.thesun.ie/tech/8932547/whatsapp-warning-grandad-tricked-son-scammers/ WhatsApp alert as grandpa sent £24,000 to ‘son’ after scammers posed as him and stole credit card

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