The scam involves criminals contacting local people by telephone,claiming to be from a service provider such as an internet or mobile phone provider. They go on to dupe the victim into believing that their mobile phone has been hacked and, in order to free up the phone, they must download and install an app in order to remove the ‘spyware’.
The criminals then talk the unsuspecting victim through the process of‘setting up’ the app. What they are really doing is enabling themselves to clone the victim’s mobile phone with all of their passwords and login information neatly saved into the rogue app allowing them to make purchases through any bank cards saved on the phone and even access online accounts.
This scam has ccaught people in our local community.