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SCAM ALERT: Watch out for texts from 'family members'

SCAM ALERT: Watch out for texts from 'family members'

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 9:28am 20th February 2020.

2 minute read

Fraudsters are claiming they've 'borrowed someone's phone' to let you know someone's been involved in an accident.

But Wiltshire Police is warning that it's fake, and to be wary.


People in the county have been reporting that they get a text message from an unfamiliar number from someone saying they're a relative of yours.

They claim they're in hospital following an accident and they're getting in touch from a borrowed phone.

The texts usually go on to ask for a 'phone credit voucher' or money, so they can 'start using their own phone again'.

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The scammers are picking random names in their messages, in the hope they make you think it's a genuine relative


Police say they've had a number of reports of this kind of scam in the last 24 hours.

They're now asking us to be wary of any texts we get from unknown numbers.

If you are concerned or want to report that you've had similar messages, you can call Wiltshire Police on 101.

You can also get in touch with Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040.

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