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WhatsApp scam message from ‘son’ leaves grandfather £24k out of pocket – World News

Nigel Gammon replied to a WhatsApp message pretending to be from his son living abroad, using a temporary number asking him to send his credit card details

Nigel Gammon, from Adelaide, Australia, was contacted on WhatsApp by someone pretending to be his son
Nigel Gammon, from Adelaide, Australia, was contacted on WhatsApp by someone pretending to be his son

A grandfather was left with £24,000 out of pocket after a scammer pretended to be his son on WhatsApp.

Nigel Gammon, from Adelaide, Australia, regularly uses the encrypted messaging service to keep in touch with his son Jock, who lives in another country.

Two weeks ago, Nigel received a text from an unknown number claiming to be Jock, reports 9news.

The message looked and sounded legitimate, but was a phishing scam targeting parents with adult children.

“Hi Papa. My other phone crashed but this is my temporary number…” the message read, according to 9news.

“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…”







Nigel lost $42,000 after trying to help his son who lives abroad
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However, after replying, the 77-year-old was shocked to learn later that his son had not sent the original message.

“Anyone who gets a message from their son would feel the same way if you can help them with that,” Nigel said.

“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.”

Police have warned the “fairly simple” scam is regularly reported, with the criminals behind it using emojis to establish a rapport with the victim.







The scammer claimed he was Jock texting Nigel from a new mobile number
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The scammers are believed to be gathering information from social media in order to make the messages appear as real as possible.

Then they pull at the hearts of the victims and even stick to the deception after getting the necessary financial information.

“The worst part was when they locked it, they put a heart on it for the clasp,” Nigel said.

In the UK, the government recommends that you contact Action Fraud if you are a victim of fraud in England or Wales, or the police in Scotland.

Suspicious email scams can be sent to report@phishing.gov.uk, while SMS scams can be forwarded to 7726 free of charge.







The scammer used emojis as part of the scam
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About gov.uk It says: “Do not give out private information (such as bank details or passwords), do not reply to text messages, do not download attachments or click on links in emails if you are not sure whether they are genuine.

“Contact Action Fraud if you think you’ve lost money or been hacked as a result of an online scam or scam and you’re in England or Wales.

“If you are in Scotland and have lost money to an online scam or fraud report the crime to Police Scotland.”

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