ALERT! Received ‘Hi…’ message on your WhatsApp? Do THIS Immediately

New Delhi: Over 2 billion people around the world use the popular social media program WhatsApp. This website allows users to communicate with loved ones, give and receive money, and much more. Despite WhatsApp’s efforts to reduce fraud, scammers continue to develop new ways to trick unsuspecting victims.

A new scam known as the Hi Mum or family impersonation scam is rampant and will cost many Australian consumers more than $7 million or $5.7 billion in 2022, according to The Independent. The Australian Consumer Competition Commission has seen a 10-fold increase in the number of victims of fraud in the past three months. (Also Read: Christmas 2022: 10 Gadget Gifts for Your Loved Ones Under Rs 1500)

The scam begins when the victim receives a WhatsApp message from the scammer pretending to be a family member or friend and then misplaces or damages the mobile phone. Once they gain the victim’s trust, they claim they need help, and this is usually financial. (Also Read: Post Office Scheme: Making Rs 16 lakh by just investing Rs 10,000.Check our Return Calculator and other important details)

Victims send money believing they are helping their own children. But in reality, scammers are cheating them.

Even if you haven’t had a case of fraud in India, it’s always a good idea to be cautious when contacted by phone or text. Always double-check someone’s identity before sending money. Here are some tips to protect yourself from online scams.