House Party Safety Scam Alert

Many of us, and particularly our children, are using House Party to keep socialising while we’re all in lockdown. Houseparty is a great app to help socialise with a whole group of friends, but because of its nature Houseparty allows friends of friends to join conversations, so it is very easy for strangers to start communicating with you or your children. Also, from personal experience, unless you do something about the notifications, the constant buzz of someone being in the house is very annoying.


Tips and Advice

  • Careful who you add – Whoever you add will always be able to see when you are using the app, and if they join, their friends can, so be discriminating
  • Lock the conversation – to stop unexpected people jumping in. To do this just click on the lock icon at the bottom of the chat once everyone that you want is “in the house/chat”
  • Fix notifications – Notifications are sent out when you use the app and you receive them whenever any of your friends are. To change this, click on the smiley face in the top left of the screen and then tap “Manage Notifications”, you can then stop all notifications or change them on a person by person basis
  • ID Protection –  If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
  • Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are talking to
  • Report it! – If you receive such a message mark it as junk to avoid further ones getting through
  • Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
  • To report a fraud – 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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