My genius iPhone hack can save you from these dangerous scam texts and it only takes seconds

SCAM texts are rife and a clever iPhone geek has found a way to get revenge on the scammers.

Whether it’s fake delivery notifications or dubious HMRC fines, spam has skyrocketed in recent years.

Spam has gotten particularly bad since lockdown


Spam has gotten particularly bad since lockdownCredit: Alamy

Not everyone knows that the UK has an official scam busting team that blocks numbers suspected of trying on.

The spam reporting service has proven successful so far, helping the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) shut down 153,000 shady websites by May.

But you need to manually text 7726 number yourself and forward the content of the message and the important number that is being used.

An iPhone expert on Reddit has revealed a much simpler way that allows your phone to automatically forward suspected spam to 7726 without requiring as much effort from you.

It allows you to pre-check the text – to make sure it’s not a shortcut – and then does all the sending for you.

It’s lengthy and a bit complicated to set up, but once done, it will save you a lot of time in the future.

How to automatically report scam texts

First you need to save the 7726 number as a contact as usual by opening the phone app and go to contacts.

After that you have to open it abbreviations app and find automation along the bottom.

Tap the + log in at the top right, then die Create personal automation Button.

Scroll down and find news from the list.

Select on the next screen message contains and type “http” and then press Finished.

Beat Next.

Now type “Show alarm” at the bottom and select it when the option appears.

Change the text to “Do you want to report spam?”

Seek Select variable along the bottom and slide along until you see Shortcut input at the end and select it.

Go back to the search box below and this time search for “send message” and tap on it once it appears in the list.

Tap in the box above news and scroll down the options from below and select Shortcut input again.

Beat Shortcut input Once it appears above and tick contents.

Next, tap recipient and select the spam contact number under the name you chose.

Look for “Wait” below and select it.

Change the seconds to 10 seconds.

Search one last time, this time again for “send message”.

Tap the news Text and scroll along to Shortcut input.

Tap on Shortcut input if it appears above and change it to Sender.

Choose recipient and find your spam contact number again.

Finally, look for “Stop This Shortcut” and tap on it.

Beat Next top right followed by Finished.

Now, whenever you receive suspected spam text, a notification will appear asking if it’s good or bad.

If it is a scam, there is a button to submit it to officials for verification.

All of this is made possible with the iPhone's Shortcuts app


All of this is made possible with the iPhone’s Shortcuts appCredit: Alamy
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