SAS: Who Dares Wins hardman Jason Fox has revealed he fell for a text message scam – as he warns Brits of online fraudsters.
The Channel 4 star, 46, revealed he was a victim of a widespread parcel delivery scam after believing a fake text message.
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Fox said: “I received a text, purportedly from the Royal Mail, informing me that there was a parcel waiting for me and I had to pay £2 to release it.
“I was in a rush and supplied my bank details, only later realising it was a scam, and lost £100 in the process.”
The common scam tricks victims into handing over sensitive account and bank card information, only to use the details to withdraw large sums of money.
The ex-commando said the experience made him give suspicious messages full vetting to weed out potential fraud schemes.
He said: “Now, every time I get a text, phone call, or have to share my card details, I make sure I stop everything else I’m doing.
“I give it my full attention and really think about what I’m being asked to do.
“Pretending to be a voice of authority or offering something that seems too good to be true are all pressure tactics which fraudsters use to encourage you to fall for their scam.”
Fox is fronting a new campaign by online bank Marcus by Goldman Sachs to help raise awareness of text scams.
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