How to spot a text message/e-mail scam
- You get a text/e-mail from a company you've never heard of
- They give you a short time to claim a prize
- You have to buy something, or phone a number, to claim your prize
- You only get a prize if you forward the message onto other people
- The phone line you have to call starts with 090 (most expensive phone lines do)
- Expensive 'reverse texts' usually have a 4 or 5 digit number to reply to
- All top rate phone lines SHOULD tell you the price - if they don't beware!
- Remember - most mobile phone companies can bar certain calls
- And - the Telephone Preference Service can stop texts you haven't asked for
What to do if you get one
- Don't reply
- If it's an e-mail, always read the blurb, usually called the 'terms and conditions'
- Report it
- Delete the message if you don't want to report it
How do I report it?
The government says you should contact the Department of Trade and Industry if you get scam texts and e-mails, so they can stop the companies who are sending them.
For scam e-mails, you can register your complaint on The Office of Fair Trading website.
For scam text messages, on the Icstis website.
See links to both sites on the top right of this page