Other insights from Santander’s research:
- Of the 74% of British adults targeted by scammers almost 65% have received a phishing email, 23% a phishing SMS and just over one in 10 (11%) a phishing telephone call (‘vishing’).
- 27% believed the communications to be genuine, and 7% subsequently fell victim to the scammers, seeing their identities stolen, money withdrawn from their accounts and fraudulent payments made on their credit cards.
- It is those aged 25 – 34 that are most likely to receive scam communications. However, it is the 18 – 24 year olds that are most likely to be duped by scam artists, with 39 per cent of this age group believing a phishing email, text or call to be genuine against an average of 27 per cent;
- Scammers will target those with higher incomes, with 77% of those earning over £25,000 targeted compared with 71% of those earning less than £25,000.
Santander’s Phish & Chips van has been touring the streets of Britain to raise awareness of scam messages. It was created in response to research which revealed roughly 600 million scam attempts were made in the UK over email, text and telephone over the past year.
By presenting your scam and phishing emails and texts at the van, you will be served a portion of fish and chips for free. So far the van has dished out over 3,000 portions to the public.
The Phish and Chips tour started in London and follows a month-long tour visiting Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leicester, Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff and Bristol.
UK F1 driver Jenson Button started off the London tour, driving the van and serving the public.
“Being behind the wheel of the Phish and Chip van around London was certainly a different driving experience!”