A British mum has warned fellow parents about a very sneaky scam which is doing the rounds on WhatsApp.
Unsuspecting mums and dads across the country could fall victim to the dangerous criminals’ messages, where they pretend to be their children.
One bold scammer pretended to be the Bedford-based mum’s daughter, convincingly starting out the message “hey mum, it’s me”, before begging for some cash because of “a problem with the banking app”.
It’s one of the latest mobile scams used by scammers to convince users of the messaging app to part with their money.
The concerned mum shared a screenshot of her WhatsApp conversation within a Bedford-based Facebook group, warning others to be careful of the “new scam”.
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In the exchange, the anonymous scammer tried to impersonate the mum’s eldest daughter, but she was savvy enough to pick up the phone to speak to her daughter, who confirmed that it was indeed a fraudster, and not her.
She wrote: “Fortunately, I called my daughter to chat it through rather than just doing it on WhatsApp! Be careful!!”
The WhatsApp conversation started with the scammer messaging out of the blue from a new number.
They said “Hey mum it’s me. I got a new number u can delete the old one.”
The mum believed the scam at first, replying: “Which me is it?”, to which the vile scammer responded: “Your oldest and cutest child xx.”
It didn’t end there, as the mum still hadn’t clicked it was a scam and believed it was her daughter, as so many would.
She replied with a string of laughing emojis, and then the criminal said: “I got the new iPhone. I’m still transferring everything.”
The mum said: “Good luck x.”
After this, she was asked by the impersonator: “I have a little problem that I can’t solve… can you help me with it?”
As any concerned parent would, she replied: “what is it hun” and was then given an elaborate but convincing explanation from the scammer.
They wrote: “Because of that new device I have to transfer all apps.
“But the banking app has put a 48-hour security on the app due to fraud. All nice but I have to pay 2 payments.”
They added: “Very annoying because I can’t do anything about it.
“Could you possibly pay for it for me and I’ll return it soon as possible? Sorry to bother u with this.”
Luckily for the mum, she didn’t immediately transfer the cash, and innocently called her daughter who stated she was not the one speaking to her on WhatsApp.
As soon as she realised she was close to becoming a victim of fraud, the woman headed straight to social media to warn others.
Realising she was being targeted by a conniving fraudster, the woman immediately warned others of the ruse.
This isn’t the first time a scam involving impersonations of kids has happened, as a recent scam saw a concerned dad from Scotland nearly part with £2,000.
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His 25 year old daughter spoke to The Daily Record, revealing her disgust at the messages sent to her dad pretending to be her.
She said: “How can they sleep at night?”
Had the Royal Bank of Scotland not stepped in, the dad would’ve lost his money as he did attempt to send over the cash, but it luckily, the transfer was blocked after it was flagged for fraud by their systems.
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