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Death In Paradise cast member Ralf Little received a dodgy text message this week and took to social media to check if it was authentic, before warning others of the scam which is circulating. The actor, who plays DI Neville Parker in the popular BBC One programme, turned detective in real life to confirm the authenticity of the message and then advised his 256,300 followers to keep their “wits about them”.
Last night, he wrote online: “So, indeed it is a scam. Which I had assumed, but now verified.
“To many of us this might seem obvious but it doesn’t hurt to let people know things like this are out there.
“Keep your wits about you,” the 40-year old TV star said.
His post contained a message from earlier in the day which asked: “Is this a scam or for real @payapl?”
The original tweet included a screenshot of a text message which read: “PayPal: To avoid suspension you need to accept our new terms and conditions.”
It then included a link to click on.
“We’re getting emails similar to this saying that our account is on hold and asking us to click on the link to confirm that it’s really us!
“Never do but they always look very real and convincing,” one social media user remarked in the comments section of the post, before adding: “Not on!”
“I keep getting emails about my PayPal account being suspended… I haven’t even got a PayPal account,” another pointed out.
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A third remarked: “My wife nearly got suckered today. They’re getting more and more believable. I believe the golden rule is that nobody legitimate will ever ask you for your bank/card details.”
“Absolutely. Good work publicising,” a fourth follower added.
Offering some advice to Ralph after noticing a mobile phone number was visible in the post, another Twitter user said: “Hide your moby number mate.”
“Not mine. Belongs to the scammer,” Ralf replied before cheekily adding: “Feel free to call it 3am.”
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