Unfortunately scam texts and calls are now part of everyday life.
Most people will have received a text purporting to be from a bank, delivery service or even the government demanding action or a text back.
Some are worryingly convincing and can easily lure you in.
Manchester Evening News readers say they’ve seen an increase in scam texts and calls – designed to trick the receiver into handing over personal information – during the pandemic.
Robyn Lipiec, posting on Facebook, said: “Every day I get a text from different numbers saying they are Royal Mail, Amazon etc etc and they say that i need to rearrange delivery or a parcel has been unable to be delivered.
“It’s very frustrating and would fool some people.”
On Facebook, reader Clare Duffy said: “I’ve been getting calls from unknown caller, I just completely ignore.
“However there will be some people who maybe are not aware of these scammers , it’s something that needs to be talked about more on media platforms.”
Meanwhile, Mo Bostock said: “I get phone calls saying my National Insurance is being used in fraud.
“I also get ones saying I’ve committed fraud and to press 1 or I will have a warrant out for my arrest .
“Also had calls saying my internet and phone has been hacked and to press one for help.
“I have them regularly and so does my mum and I’m a Carer in the community…my clients are getting the same calls too.”
Some of these examples will seem all too familiar for anyone with a mobile phone.