Original article from Kent Live
Morrisons shoppers are being warned to watch out for a new voucher scam where criminals try to steal your personal details.
The fake email – which isn’t from the supermarket – wrongly claims you’ve been chosen to enter a prize draw to win Morrisons vouchers worth £100, £500 or £1,000.
It asks you to fill out a survey with your details, which will be sent to fraudsters who could then use your information to gain access to your bank accounts.
The message starts with: “It’s your lucky day! Today your details have been randomly chosen from our computer system to participate in our weekly satisfaction evaluation.
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“It will only require 1 minute of your time and 1 in every 10 users receives an amazing prize.”
The email claims you have “04 minutes and 46 seconds” to take part in the survey – a sense of urgency that is often used by scammers to pressure you into handing over details.
It continues: “If you don’t participate, your entry will automatically go to the next user.”
The message also contains grammatical errors including “todays prizes” instead of “today’s prizes”.
A Morrisons spokesperson said: "This email is designed by third-parties posing as Morrisons, for the purpose of fraudulent activity.
“Please do not click any links, open attachments or enter personal information.
"We would never ask for your bank details in order to redeem vouchers.”
How to spot a scam email
Action Fraud has published the following things to watch out for if you suspect an email is from a scammer.
Keep in mind that not all emails will display these tell-tale signs – some are incredibly convincing.
If you suspect something is dodgy, trust your instinct and don't click on it.
- The email address doesn’t match the trusted organisation’s website address
- The email is sent from a completely different address or a free web mail address
- The email does not use your proper name
- The email contains sense of urgency or threat
- The email asks request for personal information such as user name, password or bank details
- The email contains spelling and grammatical errors
- You weren't expecting to get an email from the company that appears to have sent it
- The entire text of the email is contained within an image rather than the usual text format
- The image contains an embedded hyperlink to a bogus site
You should report scam emails to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Or if you live in Scotland, contact Police Scotland.
If you handed over any sensitive information, it is worth contacting your bank and changing your passwords.