Don’t fall for promise of £1,000 in Tesco and Sainsbury’s vouchers

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Action Fraud is warning people to be aware of a fake email scam offering the chance to win thousands of pounds in supermarket vouchers after receiving hundreds of complaints from consumers. The email tricks people into sharing their details because they think they have won a supermarket voucher from Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Morrisions.

Action Fraud UK recently shared an image on social media showing a fake email telling the recipient they are in with the chance of winning a gift card from Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Morrisons.

The fake email says: “With this email, it is our pleasure to inform you about being one of our possible winners of £1000!

“We are happy to inform you that you are one of three people in the final draw for a £1000 gift card from Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Morrisons.”

The email then asks people to confirm their details by clicking the ‘Register now’ button. However, they are being warned the link leads to a website which steals the victim’s personal information.

Fraud is now a national crisis with one case reported to Action Fraud every 85 seconds and reported losses adding up to over £3billion during the last year.

In fact, if fraud in the UK was a person, they would have made enough in the last 12 months to place them comfortably within the top 60 places of The Sunday Times’ annual Rich List.

Some £95 is lost to fraudsters every second in the UK according to a new study by Outseer which studied data of every reported incident of fraud to Action Fraud. 

Mark Crichton, head of product at Outseer, said: “These numbers make for grim reading – showing that fraud is now a part of everyday life for the British public.”

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He continued: “Of even more concern is that the figures only scratch the surface of the true scale of the problem.

“The UK’s National Crime Agency believes fewer than 20 percent of incidents of fraud are actually reported.

“Whether it’s fraudulent payments, brand impersonation or a dating scam, the reality is there’s a huge number of victims and the consequences can be devastating – with the average reported loss per victim at £8,100.

“This should be a wake-up call for businesses and consumers alike. Businesses must do more to detect and prevent fraudulent activity, or risk falling foul to the multi-billion-pound fraud economy.”

Meanwhile, people are being warned to look out for five common text scams that are doing the rounds causing some Britons to lose their life savings.

Fraud specialist James Baker at RegCarCheck told the scale of the “scamdemic” is about to get worse as fraudsters take advantage of the cost of living crisis.

He said: “Both low- and high-income households are concerned about the cost of their utility bills this winter.

“Any financial help from the government that contributes to the cost of your energy bills requires no action and will be automatically applied to your bill.”

The five common cost of living scams to watch out for:

  • False promises of an energy rebate
  • Fake insurers offering fake car insurance
  • DVLA refund promises
  • Advance fee fraud – don’t pay for a product or service in advance of receiving it
  • Mum and dad scam – this started on WhatsApp and is now being sent out as text scams.

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