If you’ve received a ‘Suzhichou’ branded scarf in the post, you’ve likely been targeted by a ‘brushing’ scam. Brushing scams involve dodgy online sellers sending unsolicited items to random people. They then post fake positive reviews of their products using the recipients’ details.
If you receive one of these items, a fraudster has obtained your name and address. While this may sound worrying, you don’t need to panic.
Sneaky scammers – How fraudsters creep into your text messages
One reader got in touch with us after being contacted by fraudsters claiming to be from their bank. In a series of texts, the reader was notified that a £110 Amazon transaction had been declined and that future payments would be blocked unless he confirmed his details.
This is an example of scammers spoofing SMS short names (such as ‘Lloyds Bank’) to send text messages without revealing the actual sender.
It can be challenging to distinguish between unexpected contact from a legitimate company and an attempted scam.
While spam texts may be annoying and unwanted, they’re typically not designed to deceive or defraud you. Scam texts are created to trick you into revealing sensitive information or sending money to the fraudster.
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