Vodafone simply resolved a significant concern for ALL iPhone and Android customers


If you own a smartphone, you’ve almost certainly received a fake text message in the last 12 months. 2021 was one of the worst on record for cyber chef scams that used new methods, including sending messages appearing to be from delivery companies like DHL or the Post Office, to try to trick people.

Much of this text has become very sophisticated and often contains links directing consumers to fake websites that look incredibly realistic. It’s a growing problem that can put people’s personal and banking information in the hands of criminals.

Now Vodafone appears to be trying to handle that nightmare with the UK network boasting its new anti-scam measures are blocking many of those nasty texts.

In fact, the company says it has reported “a sustained decrease in total reported fraudulent text messages” during the busiest shopping season of the year.

Thanks to this new SMS firewall technology, which looks at where the SMS is coming from and who the recipient is, the average volume of fraudulent SMS is down 76 percent in December from May, with over 45 million phishing messages blocked since the end of August were 2021.

In addition to blocking messages, Vodafone says it’s also made it easier for Android users to use its “7726” service to report suspicious texts. The service is available to all customers free of charge and allows users to share suspicious texts with Vodafone by forwarding them to number 7726 for investigation. Android owners can easily report suspicious text messages in Google’s Messages app with the push of a button.

Speaking of the news, Ross Doherty, UK Senior Fraud Manager at Vodafone said: “We can all fall for a fraudulent message, which is why we continue to work hard to fight the scams and prevent them from getting through.

“The December numbers are really encouraging, but scammers continue to find new ways to try to trick customers into giving away personal and financial information. As such, we continue to ask our customers to remain vigilant and report suspicious text activity to us on 7726.

“This will help keep us one step ahead of the scams.”

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