Did you know you can forward suspicious texts to 7726?

Chances are that at some point, you’ve received a suspicious text from an unknown number. Perhaps it included a link that you’ve been careful not to click on for something like tracking a parcel or claiming a tax refund.

Did you know that you can report this for free and help protect others? All you need to do is forward the message to 7726, and your provider can investigate whether the message is malicious.

Criminals send out phishing texts like this to many people at once, hoping that someone will take the bait.

A message asking the sender to click a link to track a package may be convincing for many at the moment since we are all ordering more products online while the shops are closed.

If you have ordered something recently and the criminal’s message happens to line up with what you expect, you might see no reason not to tap the link they send you. Or perhaps you’ve had to take a pay cut during the pandemic and might be happy to receive a large tax rebate. Your excitement could cause a lapse in your judgement.

The trouble is, once you’ve clicked the link, your devices, bank account and online accounts could be at risk of hacking. If you’re using a work device or access work accounts on your personal phone or laptop, your company could be at risk too.

It’s all too easy to give criminals the access they’re looking for when we’re tired, busy or unaware of the danger.

If we all work together to report criminal attacks, we can prevent individuals and businesses from getting caught out.

Next time you receive a text message that doesn’t seem quite right, forward it to 7726 and be sure not to click on any links.

Find out more about this service on the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)’s website at www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/suspicious-email-actions#section_2

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) are working together to support the establishment of Regional Cyber Resilience Centres (CRCs). The CRCs represent a significant opportunity for the NCSC to expand the reach of its guidance and services to smaller organisations across the country, and provide an extra level of practical support to enhance their impact. The NCSC is currently assisting the NPCC in determining the suite of cyber security services that the CRCs will be able to offer.