With the increase in the use of new technologies, their users are more likely to become victims of cyber criminals, people specializing in the fraudulent use of Internet applications.
In a scam known as a “false son,” criminals pose as a supposed son or daughter and request immediate money. In this way, they get the victim to pay a huge amount of money, with the belief that his son really needs it urgently.
Scammers are experts at manipulating psychology and human behavior, so they first set up a series of indicators to determine whether the person they’re calling is a vulnerable victim who can be easily duped.
The method used by these criminals is that the victim receives a message through a mobile messaging application from his/her supposed son or daughter. Using various excuses, the scammer explains that they have changed their phone number, that they can only send messages, that they are writing from a friend’s phone, or that their phone is not working properly. In this way the criminal prepares the ground for carrying out his scam.
Thereafter, playing on the urgency of a perceived situation of desperation and need, he requests immediate payment of a large sum of money. The reasons can also vary: from needing money to buy a mobile phone or paying for a return trip when you are traveling abroad to payment problems with your card, due to a medical problem or loan repayment Are. Banking.
The conversation is quick and rapid, with the aim of not letting the victim feel cheated, emphasizing the situation of urgent need that prompts us to make the mistake of paying the money.
Payments are being made through bank transfers as well as through a well-known mobile instant payment application, as well as through cryptocurrency ATMs located in shopping centers and for higher amounts ranging from 900 to 2,500 euros.
Advice on how to avoid falling victim to this type of scam
1. Be careful if you get a message from your child or any other relative asking for instant or instant money.
2. Instead of replying to the message try to contact that family member directly or through any other person on phone or at their work place.
3. Never pay by transfer to foreign accounts, Spanish bank accounts always start with the denomination “ES” (Spain).
4. Do not pay by instant payment message to phone numbers you do not know or pay unknown people at cryptocurrency ATMs.
5. If you call your family member and they don’t answer, text them at their normal phone number.
6. Ask for proof that the person is who they say they are.