Warning from EE, Vodafone, Three and O2: Thousands and thousands of individuals have despatched harmful rip-off texts and calls

EE, Vodafone, Three, and O2 customers have received an important security warning to ensure their safety. Telecom regulator Ofcom has announced that an estimated 44.6 million people in the UK received fraudulent text messages and calls over the summer. That truckload of scam messages and calls was sent by cyber criminals in just three months.

Most worryingly, however, about two percent of those who received messages from scammers actually followed the instructions that were sent to them. That’s around a million people who did what the scammers asked. Most of the major wireless carriers, as well as broadband providers, have taken steps to combat annoying calls and fraudulent SMS.

But as ISPreview reported, such measures are not always 100 percent effective. While other operators – especially small providers – hardly have any mechanisms to counter the threat posed by fraudsters. To make matters worse, the Ofcom study found that fraudsters are becoming increasingly sophisticated when trying to defraud victims. This includes using multiple ways of communication with one goal, as well as imitating well-known companies.

One such scam was reported earlier this year by Express.co.uk, where scammers pretended to be from the parcel delivery company DHL.

The cyber criminals sent a message claiming the recipient had a package on the way and asked to click a link to track the package.

However, it was only one way to spread the nefarious FluBot malware, which is capable of spying on a smartphone user and stealing sensitive information such as personal information and online banking information.

If you receive any suspicious message that looks like a scam, be sure to report it to Action Fraud – the UK’s national fraud and cyber reporting center.

You can report the message to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or forwarding it to 7726.

Regarding the threat, Lindsey Fussell, head of Networks and Communications Group at Ofcom said, “Criminals who defraud people with phone and SMS scams can cause great hardship and financial damage to their victims, and their tactics are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

“Stay vigilant about unwanted contacts. Put down the phone if you suspect the call was fraudulent and don’t click links in text messages that you are not sure about. Log on SMS 7726 and fraudulent calls to Action Fraud or Police Scotland. “

While an EE spokesperson said the operator had seen an 85 percent reduction in fraudulent SMS messages reported to it in the past three months.

A mobile operator representative said, “We recently introduced an anti-spam filter that blocked more than 42 million spam and fraudulent SMS messages from our network. knowing that fraudulent calls and SMS are a real problem. “

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