The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc across the UK and around the world, in terms of health, and also financially. Surprisingly, some fraudsters are trying to exploit the crisis – and buyers of Tesco and Morrisons have now been warned for this reason.
Among the supermarkets that have been specifically targeted by scammers are Tesco and Morrisons, but shoppers elsewhere are also urged to be careful.
Police said they were aware of a link to a fraudulent website that uses the name “Morrison’s Super Market” – something that was received via Whatsapp as a forwarded 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/#
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“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. “
While people are advised not to click on suspicious links, if the recipient clicked on that link, it would work as expected and appear authentic.
Reports indicate that the person is then asked to answer three initial questions and is then directed to another web page, asking them to spread this offer to friends via WhatsApp.
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Sharing the message, the victim is then directed to another page, which says that he can win an iPhone 11.
However, they are asked to pay £ 1 for the processing fee, and bank or credit card details are required 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.
“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 check out our website www.nottinghamshire .police.uk / cybercrime to supplement our “online security checklist”. “
Another report of a scam that the police have warned about is one that claims to be from Tesco.
It reads as follows: “Dear customer,
“TESCO gives you the opportunity to shop for free this COVID-19 season 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 Tesc0 Team. “
Writing on Twitter, Action Fraud said, “ALERT: We have received several reports of these Tesco fake emails offering” free coupons “during the coronavirus outbreak.
“The link leads to a compelling phishing website that is designed to steal your login, personal and financial information!” “