My dear mother just fell victim to a WhatsApp scam (UK) – please inform your elderly

Last night, my mother received a WhatsApp message from an unknown number:

“Hi mum, I have a new number. Please save this and delete the old one”

The conversation went into small talk, then quickly onto a request for money:

“I can’t access by bank account from my new number and need to make a payment which is overdue. Can you do this for me?”

My sweet mum jumped to help unfortunately. The first payment was made (just over £1000). This was then followed up with a request for an additional payment to the same account. Fortunately the bank blocked this transaction, but that didn’t stop them from trying again by issuing different account details.

As the scammer refused to call her, she didn’t make the following payment. It was only this morning when she started asking me questions about it, that we realised what happened. An investigation is underway with her bank and we hope that we will be able to recoup the payment made. If not, a lesson has been learned, albeit at an expensive rate.

What I learned is that my mum is one of the sweetest people in the world and I’m proud that she’s there for me in desperate times. My mum has learned never to trust anything apart from a voice, and one she recognises or has verified.

If you are lucky enough to have parents like mine, please contact them and tell them the following:

– If somebody wants something, they will call you. Never trust a text message, never trust an email, never trust a letter posted through your door. It doesn’t matter who it’s from, if it’s important, they will contact you in person.
If you have any doubts, do not call the number given to you – do not click the link! Find out the official switchboard number, and verify the communication before proceeding –

On another note, we have the mobile number and three sets of account details for the scammer….. Do me proud Reddit, is there anything I can do to make this person’s life more difficult today?

The content was posted by controversialmike on 2021-10-12 12:36:47 via reddit

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  1. AceyAceyAcey says:

    If this gets taken down, I’d recommend repost without the request for a personal army to mess with them.

    Also, watch out (and warn her to watch out) for !recovery scams.

  2. Fluoise_Belcher says:

    Post that scammer’s details in r/scambait

    What a piece of shit.

  3. Crabby_Appleton says:

    The mobile number is spoofed and the account details are for money mules who themselves are being scammed. Brigading them isn’t going to be terribly helpful. Let the bank fraud department do its work.

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