SIM farms text scams

Experts believe that more than half of people in the country have been targeted by text scams since lockdowns began in March 2020. The messages are ­commonly used to steal a victim’s personal and bank details by fooling them to follow a link to a fake version of a trusted website. In fact, figures show that reports of fraud have risen dramatically in the past 16 months, as fraudsters target people working from home, on furlough, or shopping online.


The criminals behind the texts and calls often pretend to be from government agencies, such as HMRC, the DVLA and the NHS. They also work to impersonate major banks and delivery companies such as Amazon or Royal Mail.


The recent text fraud pandemic is a noticeable shift from emails and social media. Indeed, SIM farms are the latest technological solution for fraudsters who send multiple texts that act like a multiple mobile phone centre and are used to send texts with fraudulent links.


The UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) provides advice and support for the public and private sector on how to defend against security threats online, and is currently working with the mobile phone providers and courier companies to share information and launch a number of initiatives to support and educate the public.


Delivery scams are among the most common now and the advice is that unless you are expecting a delivery and the courier’s message quotes your reference number, everything else must be treated as a scam.


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