Phishing emails and SMS spam.
For phishing emails, forward these to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service at email@example.com. They correlate all the information they’re supplied in order to work with industry partners to block these scam sites. Anything you feed back to them can help prevent others from getting scammed.
As of 31st August 2021 the number of reports received stand at more than 7,250,000 with the removal of more than 59,900 scams and 112,000 URLs.
We’ve likely all been on the receiving end of payment protection insurance (PPI) text messages or more recently fake delivery charge text messages. Whilst there’s no easy way to stop receiving these you can help to turn off the tap.
If the sender is unknown to you, report it by forwarding the message to 7726 (which spelt SPAM on old candybar style mobile phones). All UK mobile phone providers allow you to forward junk messages to this number for free. They use the samples you provide to block further messages from these senders, in turn reducing the junk that everyone receives.
If the message is from a known sender, and only from a known reputable sender, then you should reply with STOP and they should remove you from their marketing SMS list. They could face a fine if they don’t remove you and are subsequently reported.
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