Experts have issued a warning over a new wave of WhatsApp scams that claims your family is in trouble.
As it stands, the messages contain a generic sense of urgency that often ask for financial help due to a high bill, a late payment or "urgently needing money" for an emergency. That is why this type of fraud is referred to as a 'friend or family emergency scam'.
VPN Overview claim that while the number is unfamiliar, the profile photo can be tied to someone they know. They can do this by simply saving a photo from a friend or family's social media account.
Sometimes the message itself can be quite personal, and if the shoe fits, make people more susceptible to handing over their money "to help". For instance, they can contain phrases like "I should’ve asked you for help when we were in that bar yesterday…"
This makes the scam much more believable to some. Victims can end up losing thousands in cash, and it's often those over the age of 50 who are more inclined to accept and send.