Emma Scam Alert

Beware of a scary text messages from “Emma” who is in hospital and just needs a text reply, this is then followed by an emergency cry for a mobile phone top-up code or iTunes voucher code. This is a pretty basic scam which we have covered before but with so many reports coming we wanted to remind people not to be good hearted! Most of us know an Emma and it is easy to be sucked in.

DO NOT REPLY TO TEXTS FROM UNKNOWN NUMBERS

Tips and Advice

  • Call your loved one –The first thing to do if you are worried is to get in contact with your loved one on their normal number
  • How’s the grammar? – Fraudsters’ messages are certainly showing signs of better grammar but a lot of them are still quite poor and it is an obvious sign of a fake, or has your child’s spelling and grammar suddenly improved, either way it’s a giveaway
  • Report it – to ActionFraud  and your mobile provider by forwarding the message to 7726, all operators use 7726 except Vodafone who use 87726
  • Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
  • ID Protection –  If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
  • Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
  • To report a fraud – that you are a victim of, report it and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool

 

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