WhatsApp scam involving 'fake family members' sweeps Northern Ireland, PSNI warns
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The PSNI are urging people to be cautious following a recent wave of scams that involve texts or WhatsApp messages from an unknown number claiming to be a family member and encouraging the recipient to transfer money.
Police received 11 reports of the scam from across Northern Ireland on October 13.
“In each case, a person purporting to be a family member, often a daughter or son, asks for money,” said Superintendent Gerard Pollock.
"Typically, the ‘child’ is short of money or late paying bills, and makes an ask for the recipient to transfer money into an account. This is backed by a story that he or she has recently changed their phone or phone number.
“It’s a despicable act, which takes advantage of a person’s …
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