Scam WhatsApp Messages

Dear Watch Member,

There is currently a convincing WhatsApp scam in circulation responsible for some victims losing thousands of pounds.

The victims receive texts claiming to be from their son / daughter or other family member saying they have lost or broken their mobile phone, and that the number they are texting from is their new number. They then request financial help, asking that the money is sent urgently.

Some of the scam’s victims have suffered a significant financial loss in addition to emotional upset.

Please remain alert to this scam and warn others.

Remember that on WhatsApp (like emails and phone calls) people are not always who they claim to be. If someone claiming to know you asks for money or personal information, it is best to pause and check that they are who they claim to be – perhaps by speaking to them in person – before you consider acting on their request.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: [email protected]

Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]