A distressed Australian mum has warned others after being sent a convincing text message from a scammer posing as her child.
The fraudster pretended to be the woman’s child stuck at Woolworths with the wrong bank card on Thursday, sending a text they had altered to appear from “mum”.
“I’m ta Woolworths and brought the wrong card with me. Can you please send me 200, I will pay you back when I get home,” the text read, with a BSB and account number also added.
The mum instantly knew it was a scam because she was at home with her daughter at the time, but knew other people could be targeted.
A scammer pretended to be a child stuck at Woolworths with no money. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images
She has urged others to “beware” of texts like the one she received.
“Beware! You know the saying, ‘You can’t be in two places at once’,” she wrote in a post to social media.
“My daughter can prove that wrong, she is physically in the same house as me when I received the below text. Isn’t she clever.”
While many community members were mortified by what they read, an astounding volume of others said they too had been targeted by the same style of scam.
“My 19-year-old daughter ‘found out’ she has a child from one of these texts,” one person responded.
“I had one of these and when I got it my only child who is seven was sitting next to me on the couch,” someone else said.
“My daughter got a message yesterday. The usual ‘Hey Mum, here’s my new number, blah, blah’. She cracked up, she’s 24 and wondered when she’d become a Mum. I would be concerned that people fall for this cr*p,” a third responded.
The scammer tried to trick the parent with this text message. Picture: Facebook
“I received a message a couple of weeks ago saying, send me money mum my car’s broken down and I need money for the tow truck,” another added.
Others joked the woman’s daughter must be some kind of shape shifter if she was able to be at home and at Woolworths simultaneously.
“Your daughter is pretty clever being in two places at once. Clearly the scammers are not as bright, considering you need an account name to transfer money to a bank account,” one comment read.
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Scammers have been working particularly hard over the festive period, fleecing hard working Australians out of thousands of dollars with dirty tactics.
Earlier this week, 18-year-old West Australian girl Aurora Casilli revealed how she had almost $40,000 stolen from her account after scammers posed as staff from NAB.
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