Morrisons free shopping text scam could let fraudsters rinse your bank account
Con-men are randomly sending out texts to phone numbers claiming to be from the supermarket and telling shoppers that they've won a prize.
The text messages read: "Well-done! You took the 3RD place in our Morrisons January's Prize Draw released on 15.01.2019."
The scammers then tell you to confirm your win by following a link included in the message.
Once clicked, the link takes you to a website which asks you to fill in your personal details before claiming your prize – a week's free grocery shopping.
But in reality, the website is run by scammers who collect your details, which can then be used to access your bank account and steal your funds.
Customers have reported that they've received the dodgy text messages within the past few weeks.
The messages have been sent from various different phone numbers, all of them around just five digits long.
One person has even reported that the scammers are masking their number to come up from a named sender – "MORGFTS".
The supermarket has confirmed that the messages are a scam in replies to concerned customers on Twitter.
One of its social media team wrote: "We're working hard to get it [the text message] removed however please do not click on the link or enter any information."
Morrisons is also advising anyone who has received one of the messages not to click on the link but to report it to ActionFraud instead.
Scammers are also targeting BT Openreach customers with fake phone calls in an attempt to steal their bank details.
Google wants to protect you from fraudsters via a new quiz that grills your ability to spot devious online scams.
Just last week, a dangerous new "double scam" that locked your computer and emptied your PayPal account circulated online.
Tax scammers are also targeting Brits with 20,000 emails and 30,000 texts a week as they try to steal your personal information.
HOW YOU CAN SPOT A SCAM
Here are tips from the Take Five campaign to spotting fraud:
1. A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your Pin, full password or to move money to another account.
2. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.
3. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
4. If you're approached with a request for personal information, do not provide it. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
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