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Fake text messages about bogus deliveries have more than trebled in a year and account for more than half of all suspect messages sent to mobile phones, it was claimed yesterday.

UK Finance, a banking trade body, said just over half (55.94 per cent) of all reported scam texts in the final three months of this year have claimed to be from parcel delivery firms. 

Over the same period in 2020, 16.37 per cent of bogus texts were about parcels.

Fake text messages about bogus deliveries have more than trebled in a year and account for more than half of all suspect messages sent to mobile phones, it was claimed yesterday (stock image)

Fake text messages about bogus deliveries have more than trebled in a year and account for more than half of all suspect messages sent to mobile phones, it was claimed yesterday (stock image)

Fake text messages about bogus deliveries have more than trebled in a year and account for more than half of all suspect messages sent to mobile phones, it was claimed yesterday (stock image)

The group obtained the figures from cybersecurity firm Proofpoint, which operates the 7726 text system allowing customers to report suspect texts.

These reports are used by the National Cyber Security Centre to take down fraudulent sites. 

Fake texts often claim the courier has been unable to make a delivery, with a link to a website asking for personal and financial information.

The trade body also warned of scams in which a customer pays for goods that are never received. 

Katy Worobec, of UK Finance, said: ‘Whether you’re shopping online or waiting for deliveries over the festive period, it’s important to be on the lookout for scams.’

She added: ‘Scrooge-like criminals are using the festive season to try and trick people out of their cash.

UK Finance, a banking trade body, said just over half (55.94 per cent) of all reported scam texts in the final three months of this year have claimed to be from parcel delivery firms (stock image)

UK Finance, a banking trade body, said just over half (55.94 per cent) of all reported scam texts in the final three months of this year have claimed to be from parcel delivery firms (stock image)

UK Finance, a banking trade body, said just over half (55.94 per cent) of all reported scam texts in the final three months of this year have claimed to be from parcel delivery firms (stock image)

‘Don’t let fraudsters steal your Christmas – always follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign and stop and think before parting with your information or money.’

Jacinta Tobin, vice-president of Cloudmark Operations for Proofpoint, said: ‘Consumers need to be very sceptical of mobile messages that come from unknown sources.

‘It’s important to never click on links in text messages, no matter how realistic they look. If you want to contact the purported vendor sending you a link, do so directly through their website and always manually enter the web address/URL.

‘For offer codes, type them directly into the site as well. It’s also vital that you don’t respond to strange texts or texts from unknown sources. Doing so will often confirm you’re a real person to future scammers.’

Source: Daily Mail

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