Editor's warning: Beware this nasty text message that preys on vulnerable

Message claims people must pay 'late filing fee' for Census 2021

Friday, 21st May 2021, 7:50 am
Updated Friday, 21st May 2021, 8:22 pm
Warning to readers

A particularly plausible text scam has surfaced in Buckingham.

Potential victims receive an unsolicited text to their mobile phones claiming they have not filled in their 2021 census properly.

It warns of a £1,000 fine if they don't immediately pay a £1.25 'late filing fee'.

People are asked to follow a link to fill in an online form ‘in three easy steps’ - including giving their bank card details.

This may alllow them withdraw far larger sums from victims' accounts.

It's a scam. The government would never send texts for this purpose.

Delete the message and warn your friends and family.