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The scam sees fraudsters send messages that appear to come from a friend or family member asking for personal information, money or your pin number – but these aren’t actually from a loved one

WhatsApp has warned of a rise in ‘friend in need’ scams(Getty Images)

WhatsApp users have been warned to watch out for “friend in need” scams where crooks pretend to be someone you know to steal your money.

The scam sees fraudsters send messages that appear to come from a friend or family member asking for personal information, money or your pin number.




But these messages aren’t actually from a loved one.

Instead, they’re typically sent from hacked accounts of your friends, so they look as if they’re coming from someone you know.

They can also come from an unknown number claiming to be a friend who has lost their phone or been “locked out” of their account.

Have you received this message? Get in touch: mirror.money.saving@mirror.co.uk

An example of a ‘friend in need’ scam message(Belfast Live)

Message scams could include text messages as well as those received on WhatsApp.

WhatsApp has now partnered with National Trading Standards to raise awareness of this type of fraud.



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