Parents warned of ‘hi mum’ text scam that could cost them $2 million

Parents warned of ‘hi mum’ text scam that could cost them $2 million

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Parents are being warned to watch out for a new ‘Hi Mum’ scam, that has already stolen more than $2 million from Australians.

The con predominantly targets parents, where scammers send a text message from an unknown mobile number claiming to be their child.

The message will state they’ve lost their phone, so they are sending the message from a new number, instructing them to delete the old phone number.

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Once the parent engages, the scammer will ask to borrow money, posing as the child.

Scammers pretend to be the victim’s child messaging from their ‘new phone number’. Credit: NSW Police

Cybercrime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Matthew Craft, said anyone who receives a message claiming to be a family member with a new phone number should be wary.

“We encourage people to look out for suspicious behaviours demonstrated by these scammers; including their failure to personalise any communication and excuses as to why they can’t speak on the phone,” he said.

“If you receive a suspicious message on your mobile, particularly through social media or encrypted messaging, reach out to your relative by an alternative method of communication or call to confirm it is in fact them.”

In the span of only a few months, the ‘Hi Mum’ scam has cost Australian victims over $2 million.

“The demographic of victims is predominately aged over 55, and sadly, many parents are falling victim because they’re simply nice people who are concerned for their child’s welfare,” said Craft.

People who have lost money to a scam should contact their bank or financial institution as soon as possible and report the matter to police.

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