The National Police have detected a new type of scam committed via WhatsApp, in which the perpetrators contact women and trick them by pretending to be their children to ask them urgently for money to deal with an immediate problem.
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They have alleged problems with their phone and are unable to receive calls.
The message is usually along the lines of “Mum I have problems with my number. This is my new number the other one I won’t use.”
Mothers often respond with the question “Why did you have to change your number?
To which the supposed child replies “because it has been blocked”.
The mother does not understand. The son insists that he does not have the card at hand and that he has to make an urgent transfer. Victims agree and make immediate transfers as requested, but when they manage to talk to their children, they realise that they have actually been the victims of a scam and can no longer cancel the transfer.
In recent weeks, several scams have been detected in different parts of the country with which criminals have managed to defraud amounts ranging from 2,000 to 26,000 euros.
The National Police warns us that this is the first scam of this type by WhatsApp and recommends that, in the event of receiving a communication of this type, we should not lose our calm and make sure that the person who is contacting is really a relative.