Ex-Special Forces soldier and best-selling author Jason Fox recently fell for a Royal Mail text message scam. He is now warning others to be careful and not to repeat his mistakes. The 46-year-old has been a part of the directing team at the Chanel 4 reality show named SAS: Who Dares Wins. However, even with his military background, the TV star lost money to this scam. What happened? How did the British national lose his money? Keep reading to find out the details!
Jason Fox Shared His Bank Details With The Scammer
The TV presenter revealed that he was a victim of a common parcel delivery scam after he placed his trust in a fake text message. He confirmed that he received a text from what he thought was the Royal Mail. They informed him that there was a parcel waiting for him and he had to pay £2 to release it.
He added, “I was in a rush and supplied my bank details, only later realizing it was a scam, and lost £100 in the process.”
Jason Fox Now Takes Time To Prevent Getting Scammed
This common scam prevalent worldwide tricks victims into handing over their sensitive account and bank information. Using these details, the scammers withdraw a large amount of money. As per The Sun, the former commando said this experience of being scammed has made him suspicious of all text messages. Now, he takes his time to weed out any potential fraud schemes.
“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,” he explained.
The mental health advocate further explained how the scammers pretend to be a voice of authority. They might offer something that seems too good to be true. He added that these are all pressure tactics that fraudsters use to encourage people to fall for the scam. In an effort to raise awareness of text scams, Fox is now fronting a new campaign by Goldman Sachs’ online bank Marcus.
Holiday Season Sees The Highest Number Of Scams
Talking about the increase in online and message scam instances, Pauline Smith, head of Action Fraud, explained, “The festive season is an expensive time for many of us. It’s natural for shoppers to get caught up in the excitement of Black Friday deals. So, they rush into making a quick purchase online to bag a bargain.”
She further asked people to stay extra cautious and not to assume that they are immune to scammers. Today the internet connects the farthest corners of the world. So, it is easy for anyone to be a victim of scams. So, it is important to take time if something seems too good to be true or suspicious.
Have you ever been a victim of text message scams? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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