The Text Message Scam
Mum theres been a accident I'm in the hospital I'm okay but my friend ain't he's in the ICU ward. Mum it was a serious car crash. I don't think he's goin to make it he went threw the window screen of the car. Mum my phone is switched off and not comin on. I'm on this number. The doctor said know phones in the ICU ward so text mum cause this phone has only got texes. I need you to do me a favour. All the hospital phone lines are down. I'm in shock that this has happened. Iv got to see the doctor. Iv just got a minor head injurie. Mum, please hurry and text back to this number. I need you to do me a favour. xx
Please, if someone calls you claiming your child has been involved in an accident, the first thing you should do is to call your child's phone or call someone who is able to locate the child.
And, if you are not able locate the child, ask the sender of the text for the name of the hospital and contact the hospital directly.
But, do not panic and send money or mobile phone top-up to anyone who has contacted you claiming that your child has been injured in an accident.