Free Heineken Scam Alert

WhatsApp users need to be aware of a message doing the rounds promising free kegs of beer for filling in a survey. The “keg counter” at the top of the message showing the number of kegs remaining is a classic time pressure tactic to help dupe us all into handing over personal information. Obviously, the message is a fake and to be deleted. Research by Norton has shown over 17 million cybercrimes like this occur every year in the UK.


Tips and Advice

  • Do not Click – on any link in an email, text or message that you are not 100% sure is genuine, always go independently to their website and log in to execute any action
  • The real deal? – check online to see if such a competition actually exists, it won’t!
  • If it is too good to be true – then it’s a scam
  • Don’t – be pressured into acting quickly, this is a ‘red flag’ and sign of a scam
  • Keep safe – never give your Pin, passwords or banking codes to anyone requesting them
  • Personal means private! – do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are talking to
  • Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details.
  • ID Protection –  if you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
  • Still Unsure? – join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors 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


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