Scammers are using WhatsApp to pose as family members in order to manipulate victims into transferring money. Here’s how it works.
- Random phone numbers are used to contact people on WhatsApp, claiming to be a son, or daughter or other family member who suddenly has a ‘new number’.
- They attempt to gain your trust in this way, before requesting money to solve a problem, such as needing money to pay a bill or for some sort of emergency.
- The scammers start a believable conversation which ends with a request for money.
Of course, if you take the messages as genuine its quite easy to be conned and this particular scam is a variation on ones that have gone before.
In some cases fraudsters have gained access to chat history and have continued conversations in progress, cunningly manipulating the course of the conversation into a request for money.
If ever in doubt call the number associated with the WhatsApp message to establish whether the message is genuine or better still call the family member who the message is claimed to be from.
Currys PC World and Dyson scams
- Phishing emails claiming to be from Currys PC World offering people an opportunity to win a £500 gift card have been detected. The email actually attempts to move a victim to third-party sites that request personal sensitive information.
- Another recently detected phishing mail claims to come from Dyson offering recipients the latest Dyson V11 vacuum simply by entering your personal information into a prize draw.
Both of these emails contain tactics common to phishing emails.
- They promise something for nothing and attempt to get you to click through to suspicious websites where you’re asked to part with sensitive information.
If these tricks are apparent in any email you receive take it as a given it’s a scam and delete it.