At last. Foreign gangs face block for pretending their scam calls and texts come from the UK
Pleased to see that phone providers are to automatically block online calls from abroad that are made to look as if they come from UK numbers.
The only time my landline ever rings is when there is a scam call. I have noted of late that none are international they all appear to come from within the UK. They aren’t of course but if you're vulnerable you will be tricked.
Foreign criminals are behind the scams and while it is the elderly who are plagued (60% have reported suspicious calls to their landline) it is younger people who are more vulnerable to text swindles with 75% of 16-34-year-olds having been targeted.
The regulator Ofcom revealed last week that scam calls and texts had targeted 45million people in the UK during the summer and said there had been a significant rise in fraudulent communication over the past 18 months.
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These fraudsters, according to Ofcom, had become increasingly sophisticated such as spoofing the numbers of well-known UK companies and organisations.
The Telegraph, which first reported the news, said Ofcom was considering whether customers should be forced to show ID cards when buying multiple sim cards. The fraudsters then send millions of text messages to their victims.
Why should legitimate people want multiple cards?
Look forward to Ofcom cracking down on them.
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