Scam text pretending to be from a kid to a parent ridiculed for its highly unlikely suggestion: ‘Yeah, sure’
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A father has shared the clue that instantly made him realise a scam text supposedly from his daughter was not from her at all.
Ian Whitworth received a text that he immediately recognised it as a variant of the ‘Hi Mum’ con because the sender claimed to have performed a domestic chore his daughter would never do.
‘Hey dad, dropped my phone in the sink while doing the dishes its unresponsive this is my new number for now just text me here X,’ the text read.
‘Cybersecurity update,’ Mr Whitworth wrote on professional networking site LinkedIn where he posted an image of the text.
‘I just got this, perhaps the funniest phishing txt any parent has ever received. “Doing the dishes”, yeah, for sure.’
Ian Whitworth was tipped off a scam text was not from his daughter when it claimed to have done a very uncharacteristic domestic chore
Unfortunately for the scammer they picked a domestic chore that Mr Whitworth’s daughter has strong feelings against
‘Hi Mum’ scammers contact a parent posing as their child using a new number and asking the potential victim for personal information to hack into their accounts or more directly for money.
When Mr Whitworth then let on precisely how he knew it was not from his daughter, texting: ‘Let’s hear it direct from them’.
He then posted a text, from his daughter, that said: ‘You knew it wasn’t me because F***ED IF WOULD DO THE DISHES’.
Another person made another cheeky shot at the girl, in pointing out another tell-tale sign it was a fraudulent message.
When questioned how he knew it wasn’t from his daughter Mr Whitworth shared her response
‘The text doesn’t ask you to send money,’ he wrote.
‘A clear indication it’s not from one of your kids. Sounds legit to me.’
Mr Whitworth, who is co-founder of audio-visual equipment provider Scene Change, agreed.
‘Ha yeah, phishers are like the seven step ladder of confidence before the money issue gets raised,’ he wrote.
‘Actual kids: MONEY NOW’
Another parent commenting on the post said a scammer posing as their kid said they had dropped their normal phone in the toilet, which was ‘much more believable’.
‘Claims dept at my old insurance client claim told me that was their #1 claim,’ Mr Whitworth said.
A Scamwatch spokesman said watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) received more than 9700 reports of ‘Hi Mum’ scams last year totalling losses of nearly $7.2 million.
Mr Whitworth said that an insurer told him a common scammer tactic was to claim they were a child who had dropped their phone in the toilet
‘Victims are contacted – most often through WhatsApp – by a scammer posing as a family member or friend,’ the spokesman said.
‘They will claim they have lost or damaged their phone and are making contact from a new temporary number.
‘The scammer will ask for personal information such as money to help urgently pay a bill or replace their phone.’
Scamwatch said anyone who gets a message from a number they don’t recognise should independently verify the contact by reaching out to the person the messenger is purporting to be.
Another way of thwarting a would-be fraudster is to ask a question that only the child would know and insisting it be answered.
HOW TO AVOID BEING SCAMMED OVER TEXT
1. Don’t reply directly to any spam text message
2. Don’t hand out any personal information
3. Don’t click on any links in a text message
4. Be cautious with what any text from an unknown number says