The Whatsapp scam offering Sheffield mums baby food in exchange for breastfeeding photos

A Whatsapp scam where con-artists pose as the “manager of the neonatal unit” in Sheffield is targeting mums with a fake survey offering baby food and hand sanitiser in return for photos of them breastfeeding.

Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 12:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 12:28 pm

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals received calls from mothers saying they were contacted and told to send photos of themselves breastfeeding in return for the rewards.

A statement from Breastfeeding in Sheffield said: “Sheffield Teaching Hospitals took a call last night on the neonatal unit from a woman who’d been approached via Whatsapp to take part in a breastfeeding survey.

“She had been asked to submit a photo of herself breastfeeding in return for free baby food and hand sanitiser.

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The Jessop Wing in Sheffield, home of the neonatal unit.

“This person claimed to be ‘Jane’, the manager for the neonatal unit at Sheffield.

“If you receive a message like this, do not respond but please do notify either us, your midwife, health visitor or the hospital.”