Hertfordshire residents have been targeted on WhatsApp by criminals pretending to be someone they know – typically their son or daughter.
During August there were 28 reports of this scam in Hertfordshire, resulting in financial losses of £42k.
The criminals will usually begin the message with “Hello Mum” or “Hello Dad” and will say that they are texting from a different mobile number because their usual phone has been lost or damaged. Some say they accidentally dropped their phone down the toilet. They will then ask for money to purchase a new phone, or claim that they need money urgently to pay a bill. The criminal will then provide bank details for the payment to be made. This is a scam.