EARLIER this year, I received the following text message: ‘There is missing information from your Census application. Update your Census application at nationalgov-census.com to avoid persecution and a £1000 fine.’

However keen I was to avoid persecution – I didn’t want gangs turning up chucking bricks through my windows or daubing crosses on my front door – I took a chance and didn’t call back.

It was clearly a scam. Not only did the word persecution leap out at me, but it took two seconds to check the government census website address – census.gov.uk, not nationalgov-census.com.

Thankfully I didn’t hear from…

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