SAS: Who Dares Wins hardman Jason Fox has revealed he fell for a texting scam – as he warns Brits about online scammers.
The 46-year-old Channel 4 star revealed he was the victim of a widespread parcel delivery scam after believing a fake text message.
SAS: Who Dares Wins hardman Jason Fox has revealed he fell for a texting scam – as he warns Brits about online scammers[/caption]
Fox said: “I received a text message, allegedly from the Royal Mail, advising me that a package was waiting for me and I had to pay £2 to have it delivered.
“I was in a hurry and gave my bank details, only later realized it was a scam and lost £100 in the process.”
The usual scam tricks victims into revealing sensitive account and bank card information only to use the details to withdraw large sums of money.
The ex-commando said the experience prompted him to fully review suspicious messages to weed out potential fraud schemes.
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He said: “Now every time I get a text or a call or need to share my card details, I make sure I stop everything else I’m doing.
“I’m giving this my full attention and really thinking about what’s being asked of me.
“Pretending to be a voice of authority or offering something that seems too good to be true are all pressure tactics scammers use to encourage you to fall for their scam.”
Fox is leading a new campaign by Goldman Sachs online bank Marcus to raise awareness of text fraud.
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A poll of 4,000 Britons found four in ten are more worried about scammers than they were two years ago.