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Top 5 Most Common Fraud Texts on Virgin Media O2’s UK Network

Friday, Apr 21st, 2023 (3:05 pm) - Score 2,632
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Mobile operator O2 (VMO2) has, after analysing and blocking tens of millions of malicious and fraudulent text (SMS) messages targeting its UK customers, revealed the top five most common fraud texts blocked on their network (firewall) in March 2023. Topping the table were texts from criminals posing as someone’s mum or dad.

Overall, the top five types of scam texts listed below accounted for more than 95% of all scam messages, so it’s worth being aware of what they are. But we suspect that most people may have already had a run in with at least one of them at some point.

As we’ve said before, if you’ve received a scam call, you can report it to Action Fraud, which is the reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Reports of fraud and any other financial crime in Scotland should be made to Police Scotland via 101. Meanwhile, anyone who receives a suspicious text message should report it by forwarding the message to 7726, which directs the message to your operator.

Liam Rawsthorne, Head of Fraud at Virgin Media O2, said: “We’re working relentlessly to stop fraudsters in their tracks, helping keep our customers safer by blocking millions of spam texts and calls every month. The five most common texts blocked on our network show just how sophisticated scammers are, with these criminals always looking for new ways to reach their victim by posing as the people and businesses we trust.”

Top 5 Most Common Fraud Texts on O2’s UK Network

1.      Hi Mum/Dad Texts
Example texts blocked:

·       ‘Hey mum I’ve smashed my phone, please message me on this number [NUMBER CHANGES] urgently x im texting of a friends phone.’

·       ‘Hi Mum I’m texting you off a friends phone I’ve smashed mine and their phones about to die, can you message my new number asap it’s [NUMBER CHANGES] x’

·       ‘Hi mum I had an incident today and my phones broken. please message me on this number on [NUMBER CHANGES] when you get this. Urgently xx’

·       ‘Hi Dad, I’ve got a new number you can delete my old one 07925260385 Text me on it please’

2.      Fake delivery texts
Example texts blocked:

·       ‘Evri: Your order 2A728GB is waiting at your Iocal depot, as nobody answered. To book a sIot, visit: hxxp://evri-local-depot.com/arrange’

·       ‘RoyaIMaiI: Sorry we missed you today, Your package has been placed on hold, Your able to select a deIivery date, via: hxxp://redeliver-uk.com’

·       ‘DPD: Your package DPD89731002 has a £2.99 unpaid shipping fee, to pay this now please visit: hxxp://uk.mydpdtrackdelivered.online/’

3.      Banking transactions or payment issues texts
Example texts blocked:

·       ‘SatanderSecure: NEVER share this code, even with staff. OTP 935013 for transaction of £485.99 to Argos. Please call [NUMBER CHANGES] if this was not you’

·       ‘Your Apple Pay has been suspended due to suspicious transactions please visit hxxp://Securityauthentication.net to restore it’

·       ‘LIoyds: We have successfully received your request to add a (payee) on 27/03. If this was not you contact us immediately on [NUMBER CHANGES]’

4.      Crypto or investing schemes texts
Example text blocked

·       ‘Get Smarter with CGPTB – the AI-powered tradobot that delivers real-time insights and automated trade alerts. For info.  hxxp://6clicke.com/

·       ‘Invite you to join the (BTC/ETH) discussion group to teach you how to earn 1000-5000USDT in the encryption market. Click to join   hxxp://t.ly/HAQ2o’

·       ‘Quant-AI invites you to achieve financial freedom on autopilot. Don’t miss your rare spot. Make 509 GBP Daily hxxp://acsu.site/eqomj  STOP to: 54857’

5.      Dodgy debt write off texts
Example texts blocked:

·       ‘Khuram Send 6, you are eligible to use a government write-off program to pay off your debt. Click on hxxps://www.debtresolve.co.uk for FREE pack to BL2 3DG’

·       ‘Adrian , Records show you can write off up to 75% of your Debts. Freeze Interest/Legal Action. Click on hxxps://www.debtresolve.co.uk for FREE pack to L66BY’

·       ‘New Law means you can now write off debts your struggling to repay. Freeze Interest/Fees to Apply reply YES’

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Mark-Jackson
By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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11 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Sam says:

    Meanwhile authoritarians will take these cases where people fall for obvious “free crypto” scams to try to ban maths

    1. Avatar photo I think you need to lie down for a while says:

      Huh????

    2. Avatar photo Ian says:

      Woke snowflakes

  2. Avatar photo 10BaseT says:

    I still can’t get it why mobile operators can’t block or reserve usage of alphanumeric strings like “SatanderSecure” and its combinations.

    1. Avatar photo Jerry says:

      Mobile Operators are truly appalling at dealing with these crimes.

      Let’s face it, all of these scams originate from PAYG SIMs bought and topped up the same day.

      Simply PREVENT these PAYG SIMs from being able to send to more than 25 different recipients per day.

      That would stop the problem in its tracks. Want to send more SMS recipients, either build reputation like 6-12 months topup history or provide passport and utility bills.

      Seems nobody has any brains at these networks, or they just enjoy profiteering from the topups?

  3. Avatar photo James says:

    EE seem to have the best system in place to block these kind of text and calls.

    Moved from EE to VF and in the 12 months of being with VF I had plenty of random text and calls.

    Moved back to EE and I’ve not had one.

    If EE can do it, why can’t the others? I’d rather the networks worked together on these things

    1. Avatar photo anonymous says:

      Perhaps it depends on the maths. I assume the mobile networks still get paid call and text termination rates, and even at fractions of a penny per text that means that every one of the billions of scam messages is a nice little earner, all adding up to millions of pounds a year (the same is true for landline voice automated and human scam calls). For some companies they’re perhaps willing to walk away from that money, others are more than comfortable with taking the money and insisting that action has to be at an industry level.

    2. Avatar photo Anthony says:

      It was reported last year that EE had deployed an AI system for blocking these problem calls and texts. I’m sure they’d share it for a price.

    3. Avatar photo 4chAnon says:

      Re: @Anthony

      EE deployed a commercially available system that has a decent few channels of sales. It can be done at the phone level (consumers can buy it) all the way up to network level and in-between at another level I can’t remember.

      Possibly an exclusivity agreement in place, but can’t imagine it’ll last forever. Strongly recommend the other networks work it out though, because it works.

  4. Avatar photo anonymous says:

    Blocking the incoming messages should be a legal obligation on all telcos, and its clear some take this seriously and some don’t. However, I’m not sure universal blocking will solve the problem – the crooks will simply work out how to circumvent the filters (and let’s be honest, this is filtering, it isn’t going to be the mythical high functioning, quasi-sentient AI that’s supposedly going to solve all problems). As and when the crooks have worked out how to circumvent the filtering, telcos may need to block the return communication paths, so that the crooks have the cost of sending messages, but no return.

    Most forms of cyber crime are simply businesses with an illegal operating model. Basic disruption makes them find new routes to market because the business model is still attractive, and until the telcos act in a way that stops these businesses making money the problem will remain. A large part of the problem of all forms of cyber fraud is this failure to see crime as a business, and then to understand that driving it away is not about trying to blockade, but simply to make it unprofitable. I suspect most fraud prevention teams are
    entirely technical, what they need is a really good commercial bod to spot how to break the business models, and to predict what the scammers will try and turn to next.

  5. Avatar photo ScammersBelongInPrison says:

    S P TWO Ltd

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