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New WhatsApp scam in which they pretend to be a relative in distress who needs money urgently

Investigators from the National Police have detected a new form of fraud committed through WhatsApp. Fraudsters contact women and trick them by posing as their children to urgently request money, in order to deal with an immediate problem. To achieve deception, they allege that they cannot communicate directly with their usual telephone due to supposed problems with their terminal and that they cannot receive calls.

Faced with this situation, the victims agree to make the immediate transfers as requested. Finally, when the transaction has already been carried out and the injured parties manage to really talk to their children, they realize that they have really been victims of a deception and they can no longer cancel the transfer. In recent weeks, various scams have been detected in different parts of the country with which criminals have managed to defraud amounts ranging between 2,000 and 26,000 euros

In case of receiving a communication of this type, the National Police recommends not losing your temper and making sure before making any payment that the person you are contacting is really a relative.



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