Report says Mobile Phone Spam is Rising

Cases of mobile phone spam are on the rise, according to a new report.

Consumers are experiencing more cases of mobile phone spam this year than they were two years ago, a new report has revealed.


According to the latest State of the Net survey by US magazine Consumer Reports, 1.2 million people have received at least 25 unsolicited mobile messages each over a six-month period.


One-third of respondents also said they had experienced heavy levels of email spam, while one in 13 online households have divulged personal information through phishing scams, the poll showed.


Despite the significant cost of online threats - nearly $8.5 billion (£4.3 billion) has been lost by US consumers to viruses, phishing scams and spyware since 2006 - 3.5 million households using broadband still do not have a firewall in place.


"Phishing still thrives; it’s easy for criminals to download sophisticated and cheap phishing kits that feature authentic-looking corporate logos and other tools," Consumer Reports warned in a statement.


A recent report from Cyveillance suggested that there was an 80 per cent increase in cases of phishing attacks involving new brands during the first half of 2021 compared with the same period last year.

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