Fraudsters are luring Morrisons and Sainsbury’s customers into parting with their personal details in a new WhatsApp scam.
Consumer group Which? has issued a warning to shoppers over the bogus offers. The message tells unassuming customers that they could collect a free £150 voucher to spend in either Morrisons or Sainsbury’s.
One message read: “I just received a free £150 gift voucher from Morrisons.
“Get yours before the offer ends.
“Thank me later.”
It then links to a webpage used by the scammers to collect personal details, Kent Live reported.
The website address shared in scam messages usually contains the name of the supermarket or brand, leading people to believe the page is real.
But clicking on the link will take victims to an online survey asking for personal information including email address, home address and phone number before the bogus "free gift voucher" can be sent.
When the survey is complete, customers are asked to select WhatsApp friends to share the deal with and the promotional message and link is sent to all of those contacts.
A spokesperson for Morrisons confirmed the latest "offer" is indeed a scam, while Sainsbury’s warned its customers to be vigilant.
A spokesman said: “Customers should always be mindful of phishing scams.
“This message is not from Sainsbury’s and we are advising customers to delete it.
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”Which? advise that if you’re not sure whether the link or offer in a WhatsApp message is legitimate, not to click on it.The experts say you should contact the company directly to ask if the deal is genuine and warn the person who sent it to you.
They add: “If you have entered personal details, you need to be extra vigilant. If you receive any suspicious emails or odd postal messaging going forward, ignore them – they could be from a scammer hoping you’ll fall for their next scam.
“Keep an eye on your credit report and bank accounts – scammers can use personal information to steal your identity and open new accounts or take out credit.
“Whatever form a message comes in, make sure you don’t give away any bank details or passwords.”
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