Posted: Thu 14th Jul 2022

Fresh warning issued over WhatsApp impersonation scam

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2022

North Wales Police have issued a warning to members of the public of a Whatsapp scam currently circulating. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The message may appear to come from an unknown number or from the ‘correct’ number, if a phone number has been spoofed or a Whatsapp account hacked. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Scammers claim to be the recipient’s son or daughter and claim that their phone has broken and that they are using someone else’s. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

They will then go onto ask for money and provide bank details. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The fraudster exploits the apparent relationship with the victim, as well as applies significant pressure, to make the victim act quickly and not question the request. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The messages are a scam – do not send any money to unknown bank accounts if you receive such a message. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Similar Whatsapp scams have been doing the rounds for sometime and can also see scammers claim to be locked out of a bank account and in urgent need of help. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Again the fraudsters will claim to be the recipient’s son or daughter. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Be wary of any text or email received out of the blue, even if it appears to come from a genuine source or a family member.
  • Always verify ANY request made for money to be sure it is genuine.
  • Don’t give out personal details over the phone, online or by text.
  • Never click on links or attachments in emails or texts unless you are certain that they are from someone that you can trust.
  • Scam text messages should be forwarded to 7726 (spells SPAM on phone keypad)
  • Scam emails should be forwarded to report@phishing.gov.uk
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