Woman warns of ‘incredibly believable’ WhatsApp scam with fraudsters posing as family members | #whatsapp | #lovescams | #phonescams

A woman has warned others after her mother was targeted by a sophisticated scammer posing as her daughter.

The mum was contacted by the fraudster via a WhatsApp text which claimed to be from her daughter.

She was urged to delete her daughter’s original number and only contact her using the new one.

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Taking to Twitter, the woman said: “I’m keen to warn you about a scam which my lovely, kind mum so nearly fell for. It was incredibly believable. Someone pretends to be you but on a different number, contacts someone close to you and asks them to quickly pay a bill for you before you pay them back. Mum in green”.

WhatsApp logo displayed on a phone screen, smartphone and keyboard are seen in this multiple exposure illustration. WhatsApp Messenger is a multiplatform mobile application that provides an encrypted instant messaging system belonging to Facebook, photo taken in Amsterdam, Netherlands on January 28, 2020 (Image: gettyimages.ie)

The scammer partook in a lengthy conversation with the mum, even answering questions about a parcel.

They wrote: “Hi mum it’s me, this is my new number. You can save this number and delete the old one”.

To which the mum replied: “Will I loose all my pictures if I delete it? Did P say she liked the two piece? If so I’ll post it soonest. Night. Hug all round.”

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