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Whats App Scam Message – Urgent Demand For Money from Family Member

We have received reports regarding a scam message that appears to come from your son or daughter via WhatsApp. The message asks for an urgent transfer of money because their phone is broken. The message is very convincing and plausible.

If you receive a message like this, Trading Standards suggests speaking with your relative in person or over the telephone on their usual phone number to verify the story. We also advise that you don’t reply to the scam text message.

For consumer advice, please call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133.

The public is encouraged to join Friends Against Scams, a National Trading Standards initiative that protects and prevents people from becoming scam victims by empowering them to take a stand against scams.

Message Sent By

Sharon May (Nottinghamshire County Council, Trading Standards Officer, Notts)

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