You’re are being warned not to fall foul of a WhatsApp scam that’s doing the rounds.
One local person was conned out of about €1,300 after getting a message from someone claiming to be a family member who’d lost their phone.
It’s just one of the scams being highlighted by the Gardaí in Kilkenny and Carlow for Fraud Awareness Week.
Kilkenny-Carlow Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Peter McConnon explains that this particular scam will appear quite legitimate coming as a WhatsApp message purporting to be from a family member:
“So what they’re saying is ‘Hi Mam, lost my phone. In the process of buying another one. I’m on a friends phone here so you mightn’t recognise the number”
Sergeant McConnon explains that the message will then go on to look for money:
“I need to get a loan of some money. All my financial details are on my phone and I need to purchase another phone. Can you send me on some money”
Hear his conversation with our John Masterson on last evening’s The Way It Is here: