A warning has been issued for the new ‘Hi Mum’ scam which sees fraudsters pose as a son or daughter asking for money to replace a lost phone, or because of a financial emergency. The scam messages work by convincing parents into thinking their child has a new number and to delete the old one.
What soon follows is the scammer asking for help and encouraging for the money to be sent over, leaving the parent out of pocket by typically thousands. It is believed that the scam uses a coordinated ‘spray and pray’ strategy, seeing the scammers get hold of a list of phone numbers and contact the unsuspecting targets.
The National Cyber Security Centre has previously said: “Urgency is one sign we advise looking out for and scammers can be very clever with their targeting.”