For those of you that use Facebook Messenger, be aware of the following scam.
The intended victim receives a message via Facebook messenger from a ‘friend’.
The ‘friend’ asks the victim if they could use their mobile number for a text verification.
When the victim supplies the mobile number, they later receive a text message asking them to verify a purchase.
When the victim replies ‘y’ for yes they are informed that they have been charged for the items and the amount will appear on their next phone bill.
It appears that the ‘friends’ Facebook and/or Messenger account will have been hacked.
This scam works because of an automatic trust between friends. If in doubt, contact the friend by a tried, tested and trusted means ideally a voice call, and ask them whether or not they had sent the message. Please also consider, this type of scam could be achieved through other instant message service platforms such as WhatsApp.
The word hack, suggests a high level of skill and knowledge to break into an online account, generally this is not the case and it is down to a weak password.
To help prevent your online accounts being unlawfully accessed, please ensure you have a strong and unique password on each of your email and social media accounts. Use three random words including upper and lowercase, numbers and characters.
Based on local information, (not verified by myself) it would appear that an elderly person has received a telephone call purporting to represent NHS test and trace service.
The suspect told the person answering the phone, that they had been in contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19 and that they now needed to be tested within 72 hours.
The caller then said there was a charge of £50 for the test and took bank card details over the phone. (The long card number, expiry date, name on the card and CVC code giving the criminal all the detail they need to fraudulently use the card)
Any test under the NHS Test and Trace service is free.
UK Finance unveils ten Covid-19 and lockdown scams the public should be on high alert for and how to spot them Criminals are preying on a worried public by tapping into their financial concerns due to coronavirus, asking for personal and financial information New animation video from Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign warns people to remember criminals are sophisticated at impersonating other organisations Using the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity, fraudsters are using sophisticated methods to callously exploit people, with many concerned about their financial situation and the state of the economy. To coincide with the launch of its new animation urging people to follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign, UK Finance today reveals ten Covid-19 and lockdown scams which criminals are using to target people to get them to part with their money.