False Martin Lewis scam warning being shared on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp

A post being shared on Facebook and WhatsApp is warning people about a new scam and claiming that Martin Lewis discussed it on This Morning.

However, the financial expert denies that this is true.

Martin, the founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, explained on Twitter that the warning had nothing to do with him.

He added it sounded like “nonsense”.

The warning claims that is an “extremely sophisticated” scam involving banks.

It said you would get a message that a payment hasn’t been taken by O2, Vodafone, 3, GiffGaff and EE alongside a link.

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The viral message added: “As soon as you touch it your money is gone.”

It then said banks are being swamped with calls and that Martin Lewis confirmed the scam.

However, this isn’t true.

On Twitter, Martin Lewis said: “WARNING: This viral scam alert's nowt to do with me.

“I’ve not talked about it.

“Always be scam aware, but this sounds nonsense.

“If you do get scam texts/emails it describes, it's likely phishing for data, so delete.

“Yet the scam alert's no better and isn't from City of London Police as far as I know.”

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Some people replying to the tweet said that they had seen the scam in action.

One person wrote: "Yes I’ve seen this warning!

“But also weirdly just had text supposedly from Halifax with a link to click.

“I don’t have an account with Halifax. Have blocked and deleted!"

Action Fraud, part of the City of London Police, said in March that a similar warning was not given out by them.

They said: “We are aware of a rumour currently circulating via WhatsApp, SMS and social media which references the City of London Police Fraud Team and claims that Danske Bank customers are being targeted by a particular text message (smishing) scam.

“The content of this message is false.

“However, smishing scams are common.”

Action Fraud continued: “Don’t click on the links or attachments in any suspicious emails or texts, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

"It’s important to remember that your bank would never ask you to move money out of your account, or contact you out of the blue and ask for details such as your full banking password or PIN.

“Anyone who has divulged information after receiving this type of message should contact their bank immediately."

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