Parcel and package delivery scams are the most prevalent type of ‘smishing’ text messages, according to new data provided to UK Finance by cybersecurity company Proofpoint

Proofpoint operates the 7726-text message system on behalf of mobile phone operators, which allows customers to report suspicious texts. The number 7726 on a keypad spell out the word ‘SPAM'.

Smishing is a technique that criminals use to target consumers with texts impersonating trusted organisations. These text messages often contain a link to a fraudulent website that replicates a legitimate site, asking the victim to enter personal and financial information.

The latest research shows that over 90 days the number of scam texts pretending to be from a delivery firm represented more than half of all smishing attempts, with those pretending to be from a bank or other financial institution representing around a third. 

However, during the most recent 30-day period, the proportion of delivery scam texts has increased significantly and represents three times the number of those pretending to be from a bank (67.4% compared to 22.6%).