45 million people were targeted by scam calls and texts this summer

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New Ofcom research reveals that almost 45 million people in the UK have received potential scam texts or calls in the last three months.

  • 75% of 16 -34 year-olds are targeted by text scams
  • 60% of over-75 year-olds received suspicious calls
  • 82% of people surveyed received a suspicious message in the form of either a text, a recorded message or a live phone call
  • Scams are more commonly attempted via text messages, with 71% of people surveyed saying they have received a suspicious text

Ofcom's research shows that suspect calls continue to be a threat for people using landlines, with older people particularly susceptible.

If you receive a suspicious call

If you receive a suspicious call, please report it to Action Fraud, 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.

If you receive a suspicious text message

If you receive a suspicious text message, please forward the message to 7726.

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For more details, please read Ofcom's news release here.