Scam text messages claiming to be from package delivery firms asking for payments now account for three times the number of scam messages that look as though they have come from your bank.
Data from UK Finance and cybersecurity firm Proofpoint shows over the past 90 days the number of scam texts pretending to be from a delivery firm represented more than half of all “smishing” attempts – the fraudulent practice of sending text messages purporting to be from reputable companies. Those pretending to be from a bank or other financial institution represented around a third.
And in the past 30 days, parcel scams accounted for more than two-thirds of all reported scam messages.
“Scammers have homed in on the massive surge in everyone shopping online while they were stuck at home in lockdown and they are using it for their gain,” warns Laura Suter, head of personal finance at AJ Bell.
“Even now lockdown has eased, the scammers are showing no signs…