The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has reported evidence of a text scam themed on the UK's exit from the European Union.

The text message reads: "we need to verify your identity to keep up with EU standards".

The message then instructs the recipient that "to avoid restrictions" they must visit a website to upload their personal details.

The text is part of a phishing scam attempting to use the United Kingdom's exit from the EU as a cover for stealing personal information.

In what is an extremely vulnerable time for millions of people, this scam hits the public at the same time that COVID-19-themed scams are active.

To report scams, contact Action Fraud, or if in Scotland, contact Police Scotland.

To report email scams, contact the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) by emailing For consumer advice, please call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133