Police to text 70,000 victims in UK's biggest anti-fraud operation

edited 24 November 2022 at 7:00AM in Savings & investments
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edited 24 November 2022 at 7:00AM in Savings & investments
"Detectives are aware of the risks of using a text message to contact victims of fraud who may have been targeted through their mobile phones."
I'm struggling with this. How many among those 70,000 are so far unaware they've been scammed despite their accounts being emptied? How likely is it they and others will recognise and ignore a scam text directing them to a fake ActionFraud site asking them to pay a deposit in order for AF to look into their case and refund them? It seems to me that the media coverage is just going to lend credibility to a new scam and very few of those receiving genuine texts are going to need to be told they've previously been scammed.
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  • LHW99LHW99 Forumite
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    Although it appears the baddies will have back-up servers all ready to go
  • MikeJXEMikeJXE Forumite
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    Crazy in my opinion, if you have been scammed surely that means you are not as clued up as you should be, no matter how the text is worded some will not understand 
  • edited 24 November 2022 at 9:32PM
    masonicmasonic Forumite
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    edited 24 November 2022 at 9:32PM
    MikeJXE said:
    Crazy in my opinion, if you have been scammed surely that means you are not as clued up as you should be, no matter how the text is worded some will not understand 
    Presumably those who receive a genuine text and were actually scammed won't be getting any of their money back, and if they didn't report to ActionFraud already, I'd be surprised if a text will prompt them into action. It will be those members of the general public who get a spoof text out of the blue, google it and then find the article, that may be lured into a trap.
  • grumblergrumbler Forumite
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    Yet another thread on Current Accounts board -  Fraud article
    We are born naked, wet and hungry...Then things get worse. :(

    .withdrawal, NOT withdrawel ..bear with me, NOT bare with me
    .definitely, NOT definately ......separate, NOT seperate
    should have, NOT should of
    .....guaranteed, NOT guarenteed
  • Band7Band7 Forumite
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    I haven't received any texts from the Met as yet. But I had plenty of clearly fraudulent calls or texts in the last few months, allegedly from HMRC, NHS, O2, Barclays, HSBC and Santander. They may have taken out iSpoof, but my number seems to be on a different spoofer database.

    Did anyone else here get one of those texts from the Met?
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    edited 25 November 2022 at 6:43AM
    Band7 said:
    I haven't received any texts from the Met as yet. But I had plenty of clearly fraudulent calls or texts in the last few months, allegedly from HMRC, NHS, O2, Barclays, HSBC and Santander. They may have taken out iSpoof, but my number seems to be on a different spoofer database.

    Did anyone else here get one of those texts from the Met?
    There's estimated to be north of 63 million mobile phone users in the UK and the Met will be contacting about 70,000 of these (about 1 in every 1000 users). I doubt there are many mobile users who have never received some form of scam contact.
    If I receive such a message I will be treating it as fraudulent (as this seems much more likely to be the case), and I certainly won't be clicking any links in any SMS I receive.
  • edited 25 November 2022 at 9:18AM
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    edited 25 November 2022 at 9:18AM
    What probably some people forget here is that, in this country there are reasonable number of people play as a victim where in fact they get involved in the activity like this knowingly that it is almost certain it is a fraud due to high incentive. When they get conned they start to play as a victim and start finding a way to get compensated using the taxpayers money.
    The case like this get amplified by the politicians who are aiming to get the votes from the people like this.
    You see  reasonable number of threads like this in this MSE.
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    adindas said:
    What probably some people forget here is that, in this country there are reasonable number of people play as a victim where in fact they get involved in the activity like this knowingly that it is almost certain it is a fraud due to high incentive. When they get conned they start to play as a victim and start finding a way to get compensated using the taxpayers money.
    The case like this get amplified by the politicians who are aiming to get the votes from the people like this.
    You see  reasonable number of threads like this in this MSE.
    So people knowingly pay into a scam with the hope that they may get the money they invested paid back as compensation? What is the point of that as best case they end up no better off than when they started.
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    P1Fanatic said:
    So people knowingly pay into a scam with the hope that they may get the money they invested paid back as compensation? What is the point of that as best case they end up no better off than when they started.
    Well they have a cunning plan, which goes a bit like that:

    They pay into an account they are connected with - though this wouldn't be immediately obvious
    Then they run to the bank and scream blue murder
    Banks reimburses them, mainly because consumer organisations & now the FCA force them to - kerching!

    Of course banks aren't entirely daft and have substantially increased their measures to catch these thieves red handed.
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