Newry police issue WhatsApp ‘phishing message’ warning | Newry Times

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Newry police have said they are aware of a phishing message which is targeting WhatsApp messages.

 

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The message, claiming to be from a chocolate manufacturer, encourages the recipient to open the message to win a “free Easter chocolate basket”.

 

 

This message is a scam and has been received by people in Northern Ireland and further afield.

Superintendent Gerard Pollock, Chair of Scamwise NI, says, “This is an attempt to get your personal details so that you can be targeted for a more sophisticated scam in the future.

“People who fall victim to this scam are often targeted later.

“The criminals who sent this message may use your details to pose as your bank in the days, weeks and months ahead.

“So if you have fallen victim to this scam you may receive increased scam calls or texts in the near future.

 


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“My advice is; do not click on the message.

“Delete it and do not forward it,” he adds.

Meanwhile, if you receive a suspicious message, whether by email, website or text message you can take the following actions:

Email

If you feel unsure about an email you have received, you can forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Services at report@phishing.gov.uk

 

 

Website

If you have come across a website that you think is fake, you can report it here: Report a suspicious website.

Text message

Report suspicious text messages for free to 7726.

Your provider can investigate the text and take action if found to be fraudulent.

For further advice and information visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni or the ScamwiseNI Facebook page @scamwiseni. 

If you have any concerns about unsolicited calls, emails or letters then please report them to Action Fraud via their website or by phoning 0300 123 2040. 

You can also call the police on the non-emergency number 101.

 

 


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