August 17, 2022

Police want to warn people to be wary of a WhatsApp
scam circulating at the 
moment.

In this case
scammers use WhatsApp to impersonate family members or
friends 
in difficulty and in particular need of
money. This type of scam has evolved 
from
fraudsters impersonating a bank, Police or a government
agency.

Victims of this scam have received a message
from an unknown number, claiming 
to be a loved one
who has just lost their phone and got a
replacement.

The scammer then attempts to obtain the
victim’s credit card information.

These kinds of
scams run constantly and while most people will not respond
or 
buy into them, some people are more
vulnerable.

We urge people to have conversations with
vulnerable or elderly family 
members, to help
ensure they are aware of the tactics often used by
scammers 
and don’t become victims.

Please
remember that a bank, Police, or a government agency will
never 
contact you out of the blue and ask for your
password, credit card or
bank 
details.

Police’s message on scams
like this is simple – do not engage with
anyone 
on the phone, and if you think you are being
scammed report the incident 
immediately.

If
you are in doubt as to a person’s legitimacy ask if you can
call them 
back, or if they are claiming to be a
family member or friend ask them a 
personal
question – for example their date of birth, maiden name,
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