Shoppers are being warned not to fall for a scam involving fake GBP1,000 Asda vouchers after around 100 reports to police. Emails are circulating offering people huge prizes in return for filling in a form online. A spokesman for Action Fraud said: "We have received over 97 reports about these FAKE Asda emails offering the chance to win a GBP1,000 gift card.
"If you have been sent an email which you're not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): [email protected] " It's not the first time this summer Asda customers have been targeted, with fake Facebook competitions as well as Whatsapp messages all promising shoppers rewards, reports The Mirror.
Cyber expert Andy Heather, from anti-fraud website Centrify, said: "With the majority of people still working from home or on furlough due to the Covid-19 crisis, we're seeing a sharp rise in online scams offering everything from gift cards to discounts on everyday essentials. "Failure to identify and avoid these scams could cause a serious security headache for consumers, especially if they are using company-owned laptops and mobile devices and inadvertently putting their employer at risk of fraud.
"All it takes is for a hacker to get hold of a username and password and within minutes they will be able to access email accounts and impersonate workers in an effort to commit widespread fraud, so it's vital companies invest in the latest cyber security systems to ensure fraudsters are locked out of the business at all times."
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF FRAUD OR CYBER CRIME
Be wary of clicking on unsolicited messages on social media, even if they appear to come from a trusted contact.
Do some online research first - check the official supermarket website to see if there are any genuine offers available.
Ensure that you have anti-virus software on your computer
Never give out personal or financial data including usernames, passwords, PINs, ID numbers or memorable phrases.