OFT uses scam txt to bait potential victims

The Office of Fair Trade is firing on all cylinders to warn people of scams that affect millions of UK citizens every year at a cost of about £3.5 billion.

The OFT has been using the radio and other traditional media to propagate their "think and think again" motto and is now turning to text to raise awareness.

Text messages were sent on the 15th of February saying "Urgent! U may have won £1k cash with '2 Good 2 B True' " with a text following up later, explaining the dangers of scam and explaining a brand new service, phonepayplus, which aims at regulating premium services purchased by phone (think ringtones, songs or dating services).

According to the Register, 18-24 year olds were targeted by the scheme after research showed that 6 percent of scam victims are either aged between 15 and 24.

"Our job is to crack down on scams and other misbehaviour when it occurs so that everyone can use phone-paid services with confidence," says Trays O'Reilly, director of standards and communications at PhonepayPlus.

25,000 young people have chosen to receive the marketing text message from the OFT.

One has to wonder though where the original database was sourced.