Police make arrests in crackdown on scam text messages — Scam Guards


Police have made eight arrests following operations targeting individuals suspected of sending out “smishing” texts, which aim to steal personal information and financial details by directing recipients to fake versions of trusted organisations’ websites, such as the Royal Mail.

Operations across London, Coventry, Birmingham and Colchester resulted in eight men being arrested on suspicion of fraud, according to City of London police.

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The eight suspects are believed to be involved with a smishing campaign which sent out scam texts claiming to be from Royal Mail, claiming the recipient needed to pay an outstanding postage fee for a parcel or enter their details to rearrange a delivery. 

Officers from the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), a specialist City of…

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