WASPI supporters targeted by scam

Clare Aspin / 29 February 2016 ( 08 August 2019 )

WASPI supporters are being targeted by scammers who claim to be raising money for the campaign against state pension inequality.

Supporters of the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign are being warned about a scam circulating on social media.

WASPI supporters are being contacted on Facebook by someone who claims to be part of the campaigning group. 

The scammer, who uses different names, says that they are raising money for the campaign and asks for money or cheques to be sent via the post.

Why are women angry about changes to the state pension?

How do I spot scam messages?

One message read: "Hello ?????, Re WASPI CHOIR and anything else that needs money for our campaign. 

"I have now got an address to send money or cheques to. Are you interested in giving a Euro or 2???

“I am just waiting for the name to go onto cheques, I have permission from the 5 WASPI queens to go online with details, can I share with you on Monday?? Regards Linny" (sic)

Paul Lewis explains how state pension changes will affect women.

What should I do if I receive a suspicious message?

There are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself from scammers on social media:

  • Never accept friend requests on Facebook from people you do not know.

  • If you receive an unsolicited message that looks suspicious or asks you for money, report the user to Facebook.

  • If you block the sender, they will no longer be able to contact you.

  • Report any suspicious emails or messages to ActionFraud using its online reporting tool. If possible, take screenshots and provide as much information about the message as you can.

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