TESCO customers are being warned about a new fake gift card scam that could steal their bank details.
Action Fraud urges customers not to fall for scams that can put your personal and financial details at risk.
This month alone Action Fraud has received over 172 reports claiming to have sent fake emails Tesco,
The email says that you have been selected for the opportunity to win a £500 Tesco gift card, and provide a link to a website to claim your prize.
But Action Fraud warns that this is a link to a phishing website that can steal your personal and financial information.
If you receive a suspicious email, forward it to: email@example.com – Do not click on any link in the email.
Phishing is a type of fraud where the scammer sends an email (or other type of communication) pretending to be from another person or company.
These emails usually contain links or attachments to software that can take your login details and account information.
But scams can also come through text messages or direct messages on social media accounts.
This latest email isn’t the only scam Tesco customers have been warned about in recent months.
In May, there were warnings of fraudsters calling customers from the police, DVLA, HMRC and other organizations, mail online informed of.
The scammers told their victims they needed to buy a gift card to pay bogus fines and taxes – with some victims threatening arrest if they didn’t buy the vouchers.
Once the victim has purchased the gift scammer, the fraudster will ask them to email the voucher code and take money from the card.
Tesco Put up signs in-store where it sells gift cards to warn shoppers about those times.
Gift cards can be used for money laundering and are less likely to be intercepted or traced by a crime agency, meaning you may not get your money back.
You should be mindful of any calls, emails or texts out of the blue related to gift cards, or asking you to pay a fine, tax or fee in order to win a prize.
How do I avoid this?
Scammers are clever and it is often difficult to spot their hidden motives – especially if they are threatening legal action against you and claiming to be an official organization as this can be very worrying.
But you should be wary of any messages or phone calls – especially if they’re asking you to buy a gift card.
Be wary of any messages out of the blue – especially if they’re offering freebies.
And be suspicious of any phone number or website asking for personal information from you.
Sarah Sinden of UK Finance said: “‘Police, banks or other reputable organizations will never ask you to buy a gift card for them, so alarm bells should sound if you are asked to get one.
‘Follow the advice of the Take Five campaign: Always stop and think before you part with your money, if it’s a scam.’
At that point, it issued this advice on gift card scammers: “Gift cards may only be used to purchase goods and services from the retailer designated on the card. Do not give the number on the back of the gift card to anyone whom you wish to use.” you do not know.
“No genuine organization will ask you to pay taxes, bills, or fees using a gift card, or any other type of voucher. If you are contacted by someone who asks you to do so, very You may be the target of a scam.
“Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information if it is a scam. Even if someone knows your basic details.”
What should I do if I think I have been cheated on?
If you think you have been cheated, don’t panic. You can report Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040.
If you have handed over your bank details, contact your bank immediately. They will have measures in place to help protect your money, such as canceling and replacing your card or monitoring your account.
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