Beware of ‘fake’ text messages

2018-10-17 06:03
A screenshot of one of the messages sent from a hacker acting as Rooksana Ahmed. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

A screenshot of one of the messages sent from a hacker acting as Rooksana Ahmed. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

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WARD 31 councillor Rooksana Ahmed has appealed to the public not to respond to messages from her WhatsApp asking for cash, claiming that her phone was hacked a few weeks ago.

Ahmed said that she had been receiving complaints from local residents that they had received messages, allegedly from her WhatsApp number, asking them for money.

“Residents flooded my office to ask me if the messages were legitimate. I did not even know what they were talking about until they actually showed me screenshots of my WhatsApp number requesting money from them and promising them to pay it back with interest,” said a shocked Ahmed.

Ahmed said that, as soon as she got wind of the incident and confirmed that it was not her, she instantly went to the police to open a case to state that her WhatsApp had been hacked.

After going to the police, Ahmed said she wants to make it clear to the public that any message from her number asking for money is definitely not from her and that they should report this as soon as it happens. “I will and would never ever request money from residents or use my position to extort money from my people.

If anyone ever receives this kind of message from me then they should immediately alert the police,” said Ahmed.

Mountain Rise police confirmed that they had opened up an investigation into the matter, with a section 21 form being filled out by Ahmed, and urged the public to always be vigilant.

“Ahmed said she wants to make it clear to the public that any message from her number asking for money is definitely not from her and that they should report this as soon as it happens.”

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