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WhatsApp: With this scam, scammers get more than 1000 euros



July 29, 2022 at 9:35 a.m.

Fraudsters want to withdraw four digit sums of money from your pocket via Messenger WhatsApp. The police expressly warn against cheating.

Beware of WhatsApp scams. (Source: aa-w/depotphotos.com)

WhatsApp is often used by criminals to trick you into stealing your money. Fake raffles and the famous grandchild trick are particularly popular. In southern Germany, fraudsters are currently using a similar scam.

They use Messenger to impersonate family members and claim to have a new number. Apparently the old phone was broken. Under various pretexts, the scammers then bid for money and demand four-figure amounts. As nordbayern.de reported, in the Forchheim region, a 69-year-old man and a 32-year-old man have already been victims of the scam.

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From Police press portal shows that the criminals also struck in the Hessian district of Hersfeld-Rotenburg. The Bamberg police and the Eastern Hesse police headquarters are investigating these cases. The authorities expressly warn against cheating. Here are some tips to keep in mind to protect yourself:

  • If you are contacted by relatives on an unknown number, first try to reach them on the number you know.
  • Do not save the unknown number under an existing contact.
  • Beware if someone asks you for money on WhatsApp.
  • Do not delete the chat history, it can be used as evidence.
  • Contact the police if you suspect or are unsure.
  • If you have already transferred money, contact your bank immediately.

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