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Scam watch: Three-quarters of Brits have been targeted by phishing ... - Moneywise Magazine


Almost three-quarters (74%) of British adults have been targeted by phishing scams in the last year, with fraudsters using increasingly sophisticated tactics to con their victims.

Research published by Santander shows that 74% of adults have received a phishing email or text message in the last year. Phishing scams are when fraudsters pretend they are from a genuine company in order to steal your details.

The bank says the average person is targeted 16 times a year, meaning there are an estimated 600 million fraud attempts per year.

Some 65% of people surveyed by Santander have received a phishing email, 23% have been targeted by a phishing SMS while 11% have received a fraudulent phone call.

Around 7% of people say they believed the messages they received were trustworthy and subsequently fell victim to fraud. Some had their identities stolen, others saw money withdrawn from their accounts and some victims had fraudulent payments made on their credit cards.

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