A new text scam is targeting worried parents, RNZ reports. The “Hi Mum” scam, which recently plagued Australia, involves a message claiming to be the victim’s child. The scammer claims they have lost their phone, and desperately need money. NetSafe chief online safety officer Sean Lyons said scammers often use urgency tactics to provoke the victim. The best way to avoid the scam was to not panic, he said. The next step is to verify the sender by getting in touch with your child.
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