Mum rumbles sinister WhatsApp scammer posing as her daughter to steal money


After various other exchanges, in which the scammer started to list how much they needed the money, Lesley Nuttall got fed up and called them out for impersonating her daughter

Lesley Nuttall
Lesley Nuttall

A mum rumbled a scammer on WhatsApp who was posing as her daughter.

Lesley Nuttall’s messages with the fraudster over WhatsApp discovered the scammer had ‘broken their phone’ and had a new number.

It was then they said they needed cash for a loan to pay off an overdue bill.

She suspected the person wasn’t actually her daughter and asked them for her middle name and said she would send the money once they confirmed it.

Lesley, a pupil support worker, told EdinburghLive : “I kinda knew straight away it wasn’t either of my kids because it’s not the way they chat to me. We usually use messenger as well, never WhatsApp.

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“I messaged my daughter straight away to double check it wasn’t her and it was her idea to ask the person which child I’m speaking to.”

The opening exchanges between mum-of-two Lesley and the scammer read: “Hi mum, can you can you save my new number my old phone broken you can ring and text me on this one.”

The scammer then said: “I have a lot of stress on my head at the minute. Basically I had a bill that’s supposed to be paid today but because I’ve got a new number I can’t access my bank account for 48 hours.”

Lesley, who had already sensed something was wrong at this stage, asked how much the bill was and the person replied with: “1215.33.”

Lesley then joked: “I can give you the 33p and if you tell me your middle name I’ll give you the rest.”

The mum, a pupil support worker, told Edinburgh Live: “I kinda knew straight away it wasn’t either of my kids because it’s not the way they chat to me. We usually use messenger as well, never WhatsApp.

“I messaged my daughter straight away to double check it wasn’t her and it was her idea to ask the person which child I’m speaking to.”

The opening exchanges between Lesley and the scammer read: “Hi mum, can you can you save my new number my old phone broken you can ring and text me on this one.”

The fraudster then said: “I have a lot of stress on my head at the minute. Basically I had a bill that’s supposed to be paid today but because I’ve got a new number I can’t access my bank account for 48 hours.”

Lesley had already sensed something was wrong and asked how much the bill was and the person replied with: “1215.33.”

Lesley then joked: “I can give you the 33p and if you tell me your middle name I’ll give you the rest.”

After various other exchanges, in which the scammer started to list how much they needed the money, Lesley got fed up and called them out.

She added: “I told my daughter, wait and see and I bet they ask for money. I got angry and just decided to call them out. I know I could have called them all sorts of names but what’s the point? They would just move on to the next victim, nasty people scamming innocent people.”

Lesley has since reported the scam to the police and has warned others of falling for a similar attempt to con people.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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