Email and WhatsApp users have been reporting a flood of fake messages promising “free groceries worth £250 to support the nation during Corona pandemic”. The fake messages are very similar for all 3 supermarkets and must be ignored. The campaigns are basic phishing campaigns looking to harvest your personal information so that criminals can target you in further frauds. Research by Norton has shown over 17 million cybercrimes like this occur every year in the UK.
IGNORE THE MESSAGES AND DEFINITELY DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK
Tips and Advice
- Don’t Click – on any link in an email or text that you are not 100% sure is genuine, always go independently to their website and log in to execute any action.
- If it is too good to be true – then it isn’t! It’s a scam
- Ignore – the “Few coupons left” and 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.
- Report it! – if you receive such a message report it by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com
- 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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