Sadly fraudsters are continuing to targeting people by social media platforms such as WhatsApp, messaging from an unfamiliar number.
Claiming to be a family member who has a new phone number because their phone has been damaged or lost. The victim is then asked for money.
If you get an unexpected message like this take steps to protect yourself by calling your family member on the old phone number you have for them, and not the new number, in case this is a fraudster.
If you know someone who use’s messaging apps sometimes but might not be aware of the scam, please speak to them and make aware of what to do.
You can forward the scam message onto ActionFraud by sending it to 7726.
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