Jeremy Vine, 55, shared on Twitter that an alleged scammer had approached him on WhatsApp for his bank details under the guise of an account manager, as they offered to pay him money that he had “accrued” in a “dormant” bank account. The BBC Radio 2 host was quick to check the person’s details and discovered that they were fake, as he labelled them “scum” for potentially preying on vulnerable people, including pensioners.
The TV star began by explaining the clues that the message is a scam.
He typed: “Getting scammed on WhatsApp. First thing — a message from someone with this profile photo, which looked suspiciously like one nicked off a stock images site.”
Jeremy shared a photo of the alleged hoaxer’s profile, which showed a woman in a purple colour top smiling while looking at her phone.
He then posted screenshots of a thread of messages sent between him and the alleged fraudster in view of his 764,400 followers.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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Jeremy Vine, 55, shared on Twitter that an alleged scammer had approached him (Image: TWITTER/GETTY)
Jeremy Vine began by explaining the clues that the message is a scam (Image: TWITTER)
In the first exchange between the pair, the supposed account manager had typed to Jeremy: “Good Afternoon. I am Roselyn, Senior Account Manager at OLYMPTRADE.
“I just tried to reach you on your phone not long ago but your number was unavailable, I was calling regarding your account with our company, which has accrued a total of £1250.01 profits but has now been dormant for a while now. May I know why you haven’t been active online?”
Jeremy proceeded to test the alleged fraudster by asking them if they could “send the money” back to him.
In order to complete the transaction, they asked Jeremy to confirm his details including his mobile number and registration email for the account, before he turned the tables and asked the alleged account manager to provide their phone and address first.
Jeremy Vine proceeded to test the alleged fraudster by asking them if they could “send the money” back to him (Image: TWITTER)
In order to complete the