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Urgent WhatsApp warning: Users being fooled by vicious ‘friend in need’ scam


The renowned football commentator revealed on Twitter that her mum had received an “incredibly believable” WhatsApp message that ended up being a scam.

Like other similar WhatsApp attacks, this latest swindle began with a scammer messaging Oatley’s mum from an unknown number and posing as Jacqui herself.

The WhatsApp texts said that the rationale it had come from an unknown number was as a consequence of it being a recent phone. The message went on to ask for money – around £2,000, to assist pay for bills as the brand new device was not yet in a position to access online banking.

In addition they delay any requests to have a phone call in regards to the issue, after which sent across bank details for the cash to be transferred.

With other scams Express.co.uk has reported on, the WhatsApp crooks have also said they need money to assist replace a broken phone.

Thankfully, Oatley’s mum realised the messages were a scam because the cyber crook’s “spelling and grammar were terrible”.

And Oatley took to Twitter to make sure that other people didn’t fall victim and lift awareness.

She posted: “I’m keen to warn you a couple of scam which my lovely, kind mum so nearly fell for. It was incredibly believable. Someone pretends to be you but on a unique number, contacts someone near you and asks them to quickly pay a bill for you before you pay them back. Mum in green”.

The message from Oatley received loads of replies from other Twitter users saying they knew of somebody targeted by the scam.

In a later interview with BBC Breakfast, Oatley explained one Twitter user told her a couple of victim who £6,000 to the “sophisticated” and “realistic” scam.

She said: “Since I tweeted that message a few days ago with a number of screenshots I’ve had so many individuals reply saying ‘this happened to my mum’, ‘this happened to my dad’ – they were absolutely convinced.

Oatley went on so as to add: “I spoke to anyone yesterday whose friend actually paid £6,000 in a virtually similar scam and that is because they found access to their actual WhatsApp messages so that they could find the references to the names of the people of their family.

“So if anyone messages a mum or dad they usually receive a text saying ‘oh I’ve dropped my phone down the bathroom, I’ve smashed my phone, I’ve got this phone for now however the microphone doesn’t work and I am unable to call you’ they then use personal names – ‘oh Dave’s out for the day and I am unable to pay money for him but I’ve just got this bill to pay’, and this may come a way into the message conversation so you are not being immediately asked for money and that is why it’s so realistic.”

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