Two people from Wuppertal were cheated out of a four-digit sum via Messenger WhatsApp. We already know the scam as telephone fraud.
Scammers are calling seniors claiming to be their grandchildren. Something bad had happened, they needed money quickly and many grandmothers and grandfathers also help. This scam is commonly known as the grandson trick. It looks like this scam also works via WhatsApp: On Wednesday, November 14th, 2022, two people from Wuppertal fell victim to this pattern.
Wrong daughter reports on WhatsApp
A 52-year-old woman from Wuppertal and a 70-year-old man from Wuppertal spoke on Messenger on Wednesday WhatsApp receive a message. In this message, which was sent from an unknown number, the scammers posed as the respective daughter.
Due to technical problems, the family member can no longer make a transfer. In both cases, the wrong daughter asked for a four-digit amount to be transferred.
Immediately after the transfer, the victims realized that it was not a family member. The 52-year-old and the 70-year-old then immediately reported to the police.
The police warn
The Wuppertal police advise not to be pushed in such situations. This is part of the tactic of insecurity. Above all, do not give in to financial requests via messenger service, SMS or e-mail. It is better to contact your relatives yourself again. Ask questions and try to get more information that scammers can’t know.
But above all, talk about such scenarios in the family and sensitize each other to such a situation. (red)
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