Costa Coffee Scam Alert

No, it’s not a cappuccino that costs £3! WhatsApp users have been receiving fake messages saying that Costa are giving away free £75 vouchers to celebrate their 50th birthday, and simply click on a link and hand over personal details, oh and preferably send it on to a friend.  According to Norton 1 in 3 of us in the UK are victims of cybercrime every year.

DELETE THE MESSAGE, DEFINITELY DON’T CLICK ON THE LINK AND CERTAINLY DON’T FORWARD IT ON

Tips and Advice

  • Who to? – Only take emails, texts or messages personally addresses to you seriously. Any email addressed Dear Client, Recipient etc should be ignored
  • Spot the scam – If the deal looks too good to be true, it’s a scam.
  • Time pressure? –  Fraudsters commonly use time pressure as a tactic to push you into making the wrong decision, if someone starts doing this is often the sign of a scam
  • Keep safe – Ensure that you have anti-virus protection, that it is up to date and switched on. However, it should be noted this ransomware there is currently no defence to!
  • Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are talking to
  • Report it – to WhatsApp, go to WhatsApp, then Settings, then Help and then Contact Us
  • Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
  • Still Unsure? – Call Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.

Reassura is dedicated to helping raise awareness of scams and fraud along with the impact they have on their victims. Reassura’s team of specialist anti-fraud advisors are here to help members make better decisions and avoid falling victim to scams and fraud.

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