Tesco and Morrisons buyers have issued urgent police warning of coronavirus scam


Police have issued urgent warnings to keep buyers alert as scammers try to exploit them during the coronavirus crisis.

Scammers are still creating tons of fake vouchers, supposedly in some of the UK’s largest supermarkets and department stores.

And now buyers are urged not to be fooled by authentic WhatsApp emails and messages referencing Covid-19 and offering free coupons during lockdown.

Supermarkets that have been specifically targeted by scammers include Tesco and Morrisons – but shoppers elsewhere are also urged to be vigilant, reports KentLive.

Consumer champions always advise not to click on it if you are not sure of the legitimacy of a link or an offer in a message on social networks.

Experts say you should contact the company directly to ask if the deal is genuine and to notify the person who sent it to you.

They say, “If you have entered personal information, you must be extremely vigilant. If you receive suspicious emails or strange postal messages in the future, ignore them – they could have come from a scammer, hoping you will fall for their next scam.

“Keep an eye on your credit and bank accounts – fraudsters can use personal information to steal your identity and open new accounts or take out credit.

“Whatever the form of a message, make sure you don’t give out bank details or passwords. “

Morrisons scam

Police said they were aware of a link to a fraudulent website using the name “Morrison’s Super Market” received via WhatsApp as a transmitted message.

The scam message reads: “Morrison’s is offering free groceries worth £ 250 to support the nation during the Corona pandemic. Hurry up! Get your FREE voucher. “

A Nottinghamshire police spokesperson said: “It looks like the link to the website provided is authentic: http://morrisons.uk-groceries.store/#

“As you can see, the URL starts with just” HTTP “which is not secure, always make sure you have HTTPS in your browser for the most secure way of browsing (this” S “stands for secure).

“Always check that the spelling is correct and look for the numbers used instead of the letters and symbols added like the” # “because this is a method used on fake websites to trick you. “

The link would work as expected and looks authentic. You are then asked to answer three initial questions and you are then directed to another web page asking to circulate this offer among your friends using WhatsApp.

When you go to share this message, it leads to another page informing you that you can win an iPhone 11.

You are then asked to pay £ 1 for the processing fee and to request your bank / credit card details to process the payment.

Kirsty Jackson, Cybercrime Prevention and Protection Officer, said, “Criminals will take every opportunity to defraud innocent people. They will continue to exploit all aspects of this national crisis and we want people to be prepared.

A Morrisons store

“We will share advice on scams as much as possible to try to stay one step ahead of these criminals and we want to help the public protect themselves from these scams as much as possible. However, we will need help from the public to share this as much as possible, including conversations with those least likely to see our alerts.

“We are not trying to scare people at a time when they are already anxious. We just want people to be aware of the very simple steps they can take to protect themselves from handing over their money or personal data to criminals, please see our top tips below and you can also visit our site Web www.nottinghamshire. police.uk/cybercrime to supplement our “online security checklist”. “

Tesco scam

Meanwhile, emails offering free Tesco vouchers are also a scam, Action Fraud said.

The National Fraud & Cyber ​​Crime Reporting Center in the UK posted the social media warning after receiving more than 300 reports of fake emails claiming to be from Tesco.

The fake email contains a link to an authentic phishing website that is designed to steal login information as well as personal and financial information.


It reads as follows: “Dear customer,

“TESCO gives you the opportunity to shop for free this season of Covid-19 at one of the points of sale or online by distributing free coupons.

“This offer is intended for all users and will be valid until the end of April 2020.

“To qualify, follow the link below and enter all the required details.

“After validation, if selected, your voucher will be sent by SMS or sent to your mailbox.

“Thank you for participating, The Tesco Team. “

Action Fraud advises users not to click on links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages asking for your personal or financial information.

In a Twitter post, Action Fraud said, “ALERT: We have received several reports of these Tesco fake emails offering” free coupons “during the coronavirus epidemic.

“The link leads to a compelling phishing website that is designed to steal your login, personal and financial information!” “


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