Alert on text message scams

CASH-strapped Hucknall residents are being urged not to be taken in by text-message scams offering financial support or payouts.

The alert comes from Notts County Council trading standards officers.

There has been an explosion in the number of unsolicited text messages sent to mobile phones promising compensation for accidents, tax rebates and loans.

There has been a doubling of complaints on the subject sent to the industry regulator, The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The texts are general messages sent randomly, so many of the mobile phone users receiving them might not be in debt or might not have had an accident.

A typical message would read: ‘Our records indicate you mey be entitled to compensation for the accident you had. To claim reply YES to this message. To opt out text STOP’.

Nicola Schofield, trading standards team manager, said: “These text messages are often scams to gain personal information and bank details.

“Replying and even texting STOP is likely to result in further texts asking for personal information that could be misused.”

She advised never to respond to unsolicited text messages.