KENILWORTH’s Safer Neighbourhood Team have been made aware of a scam being operated using the WhatsApp platform affecting residents in Kenilworth.
Earlier today a mother in Kenilworth received a WhatsApp message that purported to be from her son. The message said that he had changed his telephone number.
The mother believing it was her son texted the supposed new telephone number and within a short exchange of text messages she received a message asking for the transfer of some money.
Thankfully she realised it was suspicious and desisted any further contact with the telephone number she had been given.
Residents are warned to be vigilant to this type of scam. As this event shows criminals are getting very clever at impersonating people on line and through social media channels. Always check and double check if you receive a message that appears or sounds unusual.
If it looks unusual and suspect it most likely is suspect. This matter has been reported to ACTION FRAUD.
PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY PERSONAL DETAILS AWAY THROUGH SUCH CHANNELS.