Hi Mum/Hey Mum scam – police advice

Our local police Safer Neighbourhood Teams have sent out a warning about a scam that is very common at the moment.

The “Hi Mum”or “Hey Mum” Scam has become a significant issue in the UK over the past year.

If you haven’t received a text with a message like: “Hi Mum, smashed my phone, please contact me on this number: 07…” you’re among the minority.

This scam typically begins with a simple request for contact on a new number and quickly escalates into a distressing hard-luck story. It often involves a child’s allegedly broken or lost phone and a supposed kind-hearted friend who has covered the cost of a new one. Scammers then ask parents to reimburse this friend until the child’s new phone is set up with banking apps, claiming an urgent need for the money.

To Protect Yourself From This Scam:

It’s crucial to be highly sceptical of any unsolicited contact. Additionally, you can establish secret code questions that only your real family members can answer, or use code words when engaging in financial discussions over the phone or online. These precautions can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to this deceptive scheme.

If you need to reply regarding this message email upminster.snt@met.police.uk .

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