Scam text and WhatsApp messages targeting elderly parents

Message from North Wales Police

Here in NWP we are seeing an increasing amount of scam text and WhatsApp messages targeting elderly parents of adult children.

The messages claim to be from their adult children asking for money to be sent urgently for various reasons such as the need to pay a debt or bill. Victims are told that their child has a new mobile number and in some cases the scammers engage in text conversations for some time before asking for money, making the messages appear legitimate.

An increasing number of residents have lost money because of this scam whilst believing they are helping their children.

If you receive ANY unexpected message requesting money or vouchers please make additional checks to confirm the request is genuine.

If you have elderly parents, please discuss this scam with them to ensure they do not become a victim.

Please share this message with friends, family and neighbours.

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