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Aussie Parents warned of cruel ‘hi mum’ phone texting scam costing unsuspecting families $2million

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Parents have been placed on alert after scammers swindled greater than $2million from families primarily throughout 4 states utilizing a devious textual content message.

The extremely efficient ‘hello mum’ cellular phone scam performs on the fears of dad and mom when scammers ship a textual content message from a unique quantity pretending to be one of their youngsters. 

The messages declare the son or daughter has a brand new phone and tells the dad and mom to delete their different quantity. 

 Con artists have used WhatsApp (pictured) the place they play the half of the son or daughter, telling them they’ve a brand new phone quantity and to delete their outdated one

The criminals spin a narrative pretending to be a dad or mum’s baby about needing cash to be transferred or to pay for one thing, which they will’t do themselves as a result of a banking subject (pictured, one of the texts)

Most of the victims are aged over 55 utilizing apps like WhatsApp – ‘Sadly, many dad and mom are falling sufferer as a result of they’re merely good people who find themselves involved for his or her baby’s welfare,’ police stated

Parents have been duped into transferring greater than $2million to the scammers throughout the nation (pictured, one of the texts )

The scam messages spin a narrative about needing cash to be transferred or to pay for one thing, which they will’t do themselves as a result of a banking subject. 

The texts stress the difficulty is pressing earlier than offering fee particulars, providing to reimburse their ‘dad and mom’ later. 

Victims throughout NSW and Victoria account for greater than half of the cash misplaced within the scams, with Western Australia and Queensland shut behind.

It comes as fraudsters at the moment are utilizing different avenues akin to ‘conventional’ SMS and textual content messages so as to strategy their victims.

Such scams have appeared on UK WhatsApp accounts in current months, tricking British dad and mom into handing over £1.5million in simply six months. 

‘Victims of the ‘Hello Mum’ scam date again to a minimum of October final yr abroad, however since Could, we’ve seen a big enhance in reviews not simply right here in NSW, however jurisdictions throughout Australia,’ NSW Police cybercrime squad commander Detective Superintendent Matthew Craft stated.

‘We encourage individuals to look out for suspicious behaviours demonstrated by these scammers; together with their failure to personalise any communication and excuses as to why they will’t communicate on the phone.

‘The demographic of victims is predominantly aged over 55, and sadly, many dad and mom are falling sufferer as a result of they’re merely good people who find themselves involved for his or her baby’s welfare,’ Det Supt Craft stated. 

The funds given over are normally rapidly moved from financial institution accounts into cryptocurrency, with victims unlikely to get their a reimbursement.

Individuals who have misplaced cash to a scam ought to contact their financial institution or monetary establishment as quickly as potential and report the matter to police.

Such scams have appeared on UK WhatsApp accounts in current months, tricking British dad and mom into handing over £1.5million in simply six months (pictured, a textual content one Aussie obtained)

Most victims had been from Victoria and NSW, however Queenslanders and West Australians have additionally been duped

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