Warning after rise of ‘WhatsApp family impersonation scams’
People are being urged to remain vigilant following a rise in the number of victims being targeted by ‘WhatsApp family impersonation scams’.
Fraudsters take advantage of loved ones by getting in touch out of the blue via the messaging platform – from a number you don’t recognise – claiming to be a family or friend.
Typically the scammers will claim that they have lost their phone or it has been damaged, before asking for money.
These messages are not real and are an attempt by the fraudsters to access your personal details and bank account.
North Wales Police say there has been a rise in these sorts of scam messages being reported.
Tips to protect yourself:
- If you are in any doubt call your family member or friend on the number you already have for them.
- Ask them a question only your family member or friend will know. Take care that this information isn’t freely available on any of your Social Media platforms for example your dog’s name.
- Do not let the fraudsters pressure you – think logically.
How to report a scam message:
If the fraudsters are using WhatsApp, press and hold on the message bubble, select ‘Report’ and then follow the instructions.
If you are unfortunate enough to have paid money, please contact your bank and report to the matter to North Wales Police on 101 Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email: News@Deeside.com