Reports of ’smishing’ scams have jumped in the first six months of 2021, according to Which? (Photo: Shutterstock)

Reports of ’smishing’ scams have jumped in the first six months of 2021, according to Which?

But what is ‘smishing’ and what are the scam signs to look out for?

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What is smishing?

Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails pretending to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.

‘Smishing’ is SMS phishing scams, which instead involve texts often pretending to be from banks, delivery companies and phone networks.

Which? said figures from Proofpoint show reports of smishing in the UK increased by nearly 700% in the first six months of 2021, compared to the second half of 2020.

This has been driven by scammers looking to take advantage of…

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