Scam Calls & Texts

Almost 45 million people were targeted by scam calls and texts this summer, read on, to find out how you can report such scams

45 million people targeted by scam calls and texts this summer

Almost 45million people have been on the receiving end of potential scam texts or calls in the last three months, new Ofcom research reveals.

More than eight in 10 (82%) said they had received a suspicious message, in the form of either a text, recorded message or live phone call to a landline or mobile. This represents an estimated 44.6 million adults in the UK. 

Scams are more commonly attempted via text messages with seven in 10 people (71%) saying they have received a suspicious text, and three quarters (75%) of those aged 16-34were targeted.

Ofcom's research also shows that suspicious calls continue to be a threat for landline users, with older people particularly susceptible.  Three in five(61%) people aged 75 and over reported receiving a potential scam call to their landline.

Ofcom is encouraging anyone who receives a suspicious text message to report it by forwarding the message to 7726 (which spells 'Spam' on your keypad), to direct the message to the mobile provider.

If you’ve received a scam call, you can report it to Action Fraud, which is the reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Reports of fraud and any other financial crime in Scotland should be made to Police Scotland via 101.