UK Emergency Alert – Beware Scam Texts & Emails

If you get an Emergency Alert on your phone tomorrow (April 23), you’ll hear a loud, siren-like sound. A message on your screen will tell you about the emergency and how best to respond. You’ll be able to check an alert is genuine and opt out at

Please be aware that it is anticipated that criminals may seek to take advantage of this and may use the test to try and trick phone users into handing over personal data.

It is vital that you are aware no action is required if you receive the alert with regards to handing over information, downloading any app, or sending any information.

Reporting scam calls and texts is easy using the 7726 service which most major providers are signed up too.

  • To report a scam text you copy the content of the text and start a new message to 7726, paste in the content and send the message. The service will then reply to you asking for the number the message was sent from. You copy and paste the number or manually type it in and send it as a message.
  • To report a scam call number you just need to copy the number, put it into a text writing ‘Call’ before you put the number in and send it to 7726.