WhatsApp ‘hi dad’ scam almost costs immunologist Alan Baxter 5k after fraudster poses as his son


A scientist who was the target of a ‘mum and dad’ social media scam where he almost lost close to $5,000 cottoned on to the con thanks to the criminal’s lack of punctuation.

Australian immunologist, and avid Twitter user, Alan Baxter has now hit out at banks for facilitating cyber criminals and not getting the scammer’s account banned.

‘Hi dad this is my temp number I’m using an old device until my phone is repaired,’ the message read. 

Immunologist Alan Baxter shared a conversation he had on WhatsApp with a scammer claiming to be his son (pictured)

Immunologist Alan Baxter shared a conversation…



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