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Every time she called, someone on the other end said they couldn’t speak and kept pressure on them to make the payment quickly.
After becoming more concerned, Alison then agreed to complete the payment with the scammer by handing over the alleged loan shark’s banking details.
Fortunately, Alison says she forgot to click on the final payment confirmation and then got suspicious after the scammer asked for a picture to prove the payment. It was a happy escape and it is a warning to all users to be on the alert.
CTSI Lead Officer Katherine Hart, who spoke on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours program to discuss the incident, said, “This is not the first time I have seen this type of message that is highly deceptive of the emotional vulnerability Public, and this is a particularly insidious example of this.
“When you get a message like this out of the blue, always be suspicious and twice as suspicious when it comes to money. Alison did the right thing in trying to call the number for confirmation, but as we see, are Scammers adept at influencing quick action and she almost lost money doing it.
“Please always report suspicious texts by forwarding them to 7726 – a free service from Ofcom that enables government agencies to analyze messages and get a complete picture of this enormous problem.”