A scam named ‘Hi Mum’ is currently in discussion in Australia.
Fraudsters ask for help by calling themselves family members.
Hundreds of WhatsApp users in Australia lost more than ₹57 crore in 2022
new Delhi. Instant messaging app Whatsapp has become an important part of our life. Be it family or office work, it has become an easy means of communication everywhere. With its help, it has become easy to message, call and video call someone. However, many people use it to commit fraud.
One’s bank account can be emptied with the help of WhatsApp message. Fraudsters are trapping people in their net by pretending to be family and emptying their accounts.
We’re urging Australians to be wary of phone messages from a family member or friend claiming they need help, following a significant rise in ‘Hi Mum’ scams. More than 1,150 people fell victim to the scam, with total reported losses of $2.6 million. https://t.co/pIeJKLDTVA pic.twitter.com/f7U0iTBK2s
— ACCC (@acccgovau) August 23, 2022
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 18, 2022, 21:07 IST