We’re hearing about an increase in reports about scams where victims are targeted on WhatsApp by criminals pretending to be someone they know – typically their children.
Criminals usually begin the conversation with “Hello Mum” or “Hello Dad” and will say that they are texting from a new mobile number as their phone was lost or damaged. They will then ask for money to purchase a new one, or claim that they need money urgently to pay a bill.
The criminal will provide bank details for the payment to be made to, with some coming back with further demands for money.
Please be mindful of this scam.
STOP. THINK. CALL. If a family member or friend makes an unusual request on WhatsApp, always call the person to confirm their identity
You can report spam messages or block a sender within WhatsApp. Press and hold on the message bubble, select ‘Report’ and then follow the instructions
Never share your account’s activation code (that’s the 6 digit code you receive via SMS).
We have our own Fraud Protect Officer – PC Rachel Davies. If you or an organisation you are linked to would like a preventative fraud talk, please contact her via: [email protected]
If you have been a victim of fraud of cybercrime, report it at Actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.