'Mom, I'm lost my phone.' How parents are being cheated in England via Whatsapp
Few parents would suspect that it is fraudulent if a WhatsApp message from their son or daughter tells them that their phone is broken, that they have lost it, and that they are using a temporary number. Especially if the baby's name is written in the message and there are kisses and emojis with hearts.
The seemingly appealing message of help and innocence, seems to be the beginning of a scam that could snatch thousands of pounds from the pockets of some parents in England.
Some people are removed as their children to get money asking for help because they are in trouble.
They write that they are anxious and urgently need money in the hope that anxious relatives will send the money without thinking twice.
The rise in fraud in the UK has gone up to 532% since last August. This increase is billed to this very scheme.
Nearly two-thirds of fraudsters imitated someone's son, while 33 percent claimed to be their daughter.
Data from Action Fraud reveals that victims lost about ,000 50,000 from August to October last year, averaging mijë 3,000 each.
"Once you realize it's a hoax, you feel like a fool. "It is terrible," said one of the victims of the scam.
Elizabeth Baker, 70, approached the loss of more than pa 500 after a fraudster claimed to be her daughter Katrina.
The grandmother of three was on holiday in Eastbourne when she received a message on WhatsApp.
"Hello mom, my phone fell on the toilet, so I can not use it anymore," it was written.
At first he advised her to put the phone in a box of rice to dry, but then the scammer started asking her for money.
"He wrote to me that he had an urgent bill to pay, that he needed money and that I should definitely send it. "There I called the groom, her husband and he told me that the girl's phone was working", says another woman who almost escaped the fraud.