The new text scams sweeping Britain (and how not to get taken in)

 The new text scams sweeping Britain (and how not to get taken in)

Who, indeed? But these ‘scam factories’ have long been known to the authorities. ‘The criminals are a mix of lone actors and organised networks,’ says the NCA’s Chris Reed. ‘The barrier of entry is really low: you can buy instructions and SIM farms – vast banks of mobile phone numbers – online. Some are in the UK and others overseas.’

James Bore explains that many scammers are based in Second World countries such as Bulgaria and the Czech Republic and are almost impossible to track down and prosecute. But they are also increasingly home-grown: short-of-cash students and a growing number of the unemployed. ‘People are desperate,’ he says. ‘Many of those “make money from home” adverts are actually trying to recruit scammers – and even when people realise they’ll be involved in a criminal enterprise, many don’t care as it’s seen as a victimless crime.’

The scale of fraud is hard to police

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