The alert, posted on February 12, 2022, warns customers of a scam whereby people could receive a text message containing a one-time access code (OTP) for payment to UK retailer Currys. The alert asks customers not to answer or to call the number given in the message.

These scams attempt to steal funds from victims’ bank accounts.

Some of the messages include fraudulent URLs that users can click on.

In some cases, criminals are even able to exploit specialized software that alters the sender ID.

This means that some SMS falsely appear to come from the bank.

Twitter user Danny Brown said: “If someone gets a text from Barclays about a payment to Currys, they’ll offer you a one-time passcode and give you a number to call. Don’t call them. no. Please share with publicity.”

Scammers are mainly able to obtain account details by prompting victims to create a one-time password (OTP).

However, a genuine Barclays text message will never ask someone to provide passwords.

He will also never ask for personal or financial information in a message.


Barclays asks people not to click on links included in text messages or emails.

Instead, customers are advised to contact the bank directly by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

People also have the option of dialing the number 159 Stop Scams.

Additionally, people are advised not to provide bank or security details and never download any software onto a device.

People should never share their Barclays OTP with anyone.

Barclays provides a service where anyone can report suspicious text messages to their mobile network provider by simply forwarding the text message to

This service is free.

People can also report suspicious text messages to [email protected]

Smishing occurs when someone receives a text message, usually from a bank, telling them there is a problem with their account.

Data from Proofpoint showed reports of smishing in the UK increased by nearly 700% in the first six months of 2021, compared to the second half of 2020.

If a person wishes to do so, they can report fraudulent messages to the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC), an organization responsible for advising the government on critical cybersecurity issues.