Info Warning About Scam Text Messages 24/09/2017 14:17:44 192510

Message sent by
Charlotte Morris (South Northants Police, PCSO, South Northamptonshire)

Reports received to the police in South Northants area in relation to Scam Text messages
Fraudsters are sending phishing texts and e-mail messages to members of the public, claiming to know a secret and to expose you to family and friends unless a sum of money is paid.
The messages typically state that they know about you and they have bank details of where to send the money.

Protect Yourself:

  • Don’t open web links contained in unsolicited texts or e-mails.
  • Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
  • If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration which can be found here: reportphishing

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or

We have joined up with the Metropolitan Police to produce our own version of the Little Book of Cyber Scams, to give information and advice to you and local businesses.

The 40-page booklet covers a wide range of cyber and cyber-enabled threats, including malware and ransom ware, social engineering attacks – where cyber crime is made possible by someone gathering data deceitfully in person, by phone or email – denial of service attacks and data leakage.

It follows the successful ‘Little Book of Big Scams’, now in its third edition, and can be viewed and downloaded via theThames Valley Police website.

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