Phishing is on the rise – 74 per cent of Britons have been targeted by scammers with phishing emails, texts and calls. Fraudsters surround us on every side, using every trick they know to get our personal information from us. It’s hard to get away from; an estimated 600 million scam attempts were made via email, text and phone in the UK in the last 12 months.

“Our Phish & Chips van is an engaging way of educating people that both banks and consumers have a role to play in keeping the fraudsters at bay”


Picture of person giving over chips fro a phishing emailTo help combat this and raise awareness, Santander will be bringing it’s ‘Phish and Chips’ van to Bristol on Saturday 21 October. The van will be dealing out fish and chips for those willing to share the phishing emails and ‘smishing’ texts they have receivd. Simply show them your correctly identified phishing communication and you get a chippie tea, and some takeaway data security advice.

Don’t worry if you haven’t kept those pesky scamming text and emails though, you can still claim the fish (or haloumi) and chips by taking a short quiz to identify a scam email or text.

Spotting the scammers

Reza Attar-Zadeh, Head of Customer Experience at Santander UK, says, “Our Phish & Chips van is a way of delivering our three key fraud prevention messages in an engaging way while educating people that both banks and consumers have a role to play in keeping the fraudsters at bay.

“Phishing has been around for a number of years, originating with emails that were unsophisticated and obviously fraudulent. However, today phishing emails have evolved. They can appear in inboxes as convincing and genuine communications from consumer brands, but there are signs to look out for such as spelling mistakes, generic greetings rather than your name and suspicious looking email addresses.”

Santander’s Phish and Chips van will be at St Augustines Parade, BS1 4UL on Saturday 21th October from 12pm – 3pm

Jamie Middleton