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Hi mum scam: The one smart question that saved Sydney mum $5000 in text message con


A Sydney mum was moments away from transferring $5000 to a scammer posing as her son before she was saved by a moment of quick thinking.

The fraudster asked Lisa, 64, (not her real name) via text messages recently for a whopping $8,900 at first but the mum believing it was her son Tim said she could only pay $5,000. 

But it was all part of an elaborate ‘hi mum’ scam which tricked thousands of Australians out of $7.2million last year alone.

After a barrage of texts from her supposed son, Lisa was set to press send on the $5,000 transfer but decided at the last minute to ask a personal question to identify him.

 ‘What’s your maternal grandfather’s name?’ she asked.

The fraudster asked Lisa*, 64, via text messages for a whopping $8,900 at first but the mum believing it was her son Tim said she could only manage $5,000

The fraudster asked Lisa*, 64, via text messages for a whopping $8,900 at first but the mum believing it was her son Tim said she could only manage $5,000

She later admitted she listened to a ‘little voice in her head’ that asked, ‘is that really him?’

When she first received a text from the person claiming to be her…



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

A technology enthusiast and a passionate writer in the field of information technology, cyber security, and blockchain

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