Added on 07 September 2020
I have just received this information from Neighbourhood Watch
- The scam works whereby the victim is contacted by the scammer under the guise of claiming to be someone from their contacts list such as a friend of family member.
- It is noticeable that there may be some general chat before the scammer asks for a loan of cash to purchase food stuffs or pay an outstanding bill.
- They will thereafter provide banking details into which the cash is to be paid into. This request is generally complied with given that it is suspected as being a trusted source (friend or family). There is generally a promise that the money will be paid back within a few days or next pay day.
- No monies are ever paid back and it is only when further enquiries / contact is made with the person requesting the cash that it becomes clear the original request did not come from them.
- Should you receive such a request, which in itself is out of the ordinary, do not make any payment until you are sure it is a genuine request.
- All efforts should be made to speak to your friend or family member making the request by phone prior to any cash being sent to ensure that it is a genuine request.
- Never ask for a direct phone number from the person requesting the cash. This may take you directly back to the scammer.