Number of Scam Call Victims Almost Hits 45 Million

Teodora Dobrilova
Teodora Dobrilova

Updated · Feb 21, 2022

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In the last three months, around 45 million UK citizens received scam calls or text messages.

A Rise in Numbers

In September, a UK survey of 2,000 adults showed that text scams are targeting people aged between 16 and 34. In contrast, scammers prefer to trick the elderly via landlines.

Moreover, such criminals managed to mislead more than a million people. And the number of victims is close to 45 million just in the UK.

Ofcom's networks and communications group director, Lindsey Fussell addressed the issue: “Stay alert to any unsolicited contact. Put the phone down if you have any suspicion that it is a scam call, and don't click on any links in text messages you're unsure about."

Protection Measures

There are several ways that a person can protect themselves.

For example, UK citizens can forward suspicious text messages to 7726 (the numbers on the keypad spell SPAM) if they feel targeted or have fallen victims to a scam. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of this option.

A reverse phone search can also bring good results - there are numerous dedicated services

And of course, as Fussell advised, staying alert is vital.

Sources.

BBC

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Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora devoted her whole life to words – reading, writing and trying to be original on social media. She got certified in digital marketing but still feels she’s not cool enough to be an influencer. (We all disagree – she influences the team pretty well.) She finished a master’s degree focused in Literature, Publishing, Mass Media. Her hobbies include traveling, and reading. Teddy hopes that yoga will be the thing to finally teach her some patience and show her the path toward world domination. Maybe modern tech can also help her with that.

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