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It then gives you another number to call to ‘claim’ your prize or contact the person in question, but they don't tell you how much the call will cost.

This second number is then likely to be a premium rate number (for example a number that starts with 09), again charging you a lot of money for the call.

Want to know just how many numbers in your database are actually on the TPS and CTPS? Another common tactic is for a text message to sound like someone flirting with you.


The message (or sometimes, an advertisement) could also invite you to take part in a trivia competition, with a great prize on offer if you answer a certain number of questions correctly.

The scammers make money by charging extremely high rates for the messages you send (and sometimes receive), and any further messages they send to you.

These charges could be as high as £2 for each message sent and/or received.

Missed call scams are when your phone rings, but hangs up so quickly that you can’t answer it in time so your phone registers a missed call and you probably won’t recognise the number.

People then call the number back to find out who it is.

Apart from being a nuisance, the missed call can lead to a scam in two ways: The first way is that the number you call back may be a premium rate service (for example a number that starts with 09) which means you will be charged a lot of money per minute.

The second way is when you call the number and it tells you that you have won a prize of some sort or that somebody is trying to get hold of you.

Run your data through our system for FREE and we'll let you know how it compares to both the TPS and CTPS registers. Only later do they find out that they have been charged a high rate both for messages they sent (sometimes there are also charges for messages received as well).

Check My Data Text message scams work by sending you a text message from a number you may not recognise, but the content of the message sounds like it’s from a friend—for instance "Hi, it’s Mike. Another text scam is when you receive a text from someone pretending to be a friend stuck in a foreign country saying that they have been robbed and can you send some money so they can get a new passport.

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