Really nasty #scamwarning. This is the start of a scam attack that cost my friend’s mother a substantial amount of cash and a huge amount of distress. 1/some Text message reading ‘mum, my phone broke. This is my temp
The criminal posed as the victim’s child and then went on to claim they couldn’t access their bank because they had changed phone number and needed to pay an invoice 2/some
The victim went to their bank and transferred a large amount of money, being promised by what they thought was their adult child that it would be repaid the next day. 3/some
I have seen the messages. The criminal did not even blink when the mother expressed her anxiety at having no money left. They just demanded she use what little she still has to pay a further ‘invoice’ 4/some
PLEASE warn people you know about this scam. Tell them to ring their loved ones and speak to them IRL before parting with any cash. Don’t wait until it’s too late and find that thieves pretending to be YOU robbed your mum. 5/5
So many people replying to this with their own messages and experiences and it makes me so tired and sick. These criminals are weaponising love and concern.

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So many important stories in this but one that really really sticks with me was Mark. He spoke to us as an undergraduate- someone who has been through care and is now on a path to success and stability. But 1/n
But he explained that he had been delayed going to uni because when he turned 18, his foster placement ended and he had to move, causing him to drop out of college and not secure his A Levels 2/n
Thank goodness he has been able to get his education back on track and fulfil his potential. But what a sad and educationally risky event. It could have affected his whole life - that will really stay with me. 3/3
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