Fraudsters are posing as family members on WhatsApp to manipulate victims into transferring money. Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards have received reports of messages purporting to be from sons or daughters, addressed to 'Mum' or 'Dad' and claiming their phone has been lost or damaged and this was their new phone number. Messages will continue by saying that they have an unexpected bill that they needed money for. Once the victim has given their bank account details and the money was transferred, the victims never heard from them again.
The message is to Stop – take time before you respond. Think – does this request seem genuine? Are they asking for money? Call – Verify the request by calling your family member to make sure it was them.
Posted: Wed, 22 Dec 2021 11:42 by Kevin