Emails impersonating UK supermarkets and high street stores
Fake marketing surveys promising gift cards of up to £100 for filling them out have been impersonating the likes of ASDA, Morrisons and Tesco. Fraudsters have been posing as these well-known supermarkets in order to gain your trust and send you on to potentially dangerous websites.
ASDA phishing email
This email is designed to make you follow the link by promising a large reward in return for doing very little – a common phishing tactic. But this ‘survey’ is not being run by ASDA.
Morrisons phishing email
Using the same tactics, the fake Morrisons version promises a £90 reward.
Tesco phishing email
The Tesco phishing email is just like the Morrisons one with different logos. Tesco has a dedicated email for customers to forward phishing emails to: . It also has a guide on how to identify scam emails posing as the brand.
Now, according to the organisation “Which”, which has been highlighting this issue recently (and alerting the companies concerned), emails are circulating promising Primark gift card ‘rewards’, these are fake and have absolutely nothing to do with the high street store.
Primark phishing email
As is often the case, the phishing email is promising big rewards for doing very little – in this case ‘Primark Rewards’ in the form of a gift card for £1,384 – saying that you need to ‘activate the delivery’ in order to receive them. But clicking through on scam emails like these is only likely to send you on to potentially dangerous websites that could compromise your personal information and/or bank details.
The email even attempts to deceive you by including ‘your account information’, which may appear legitimate at first glance, but on closer inspection only contains information that’s part of your email address.
“Which” has produced a couple of useful guides about spotting scams and how to try to get your money back:
Think you may have lost money to a scam email? Let your bank know what’s happened immediately, the sooner the better.
As noted above, Tesco has its own dedicated email, so you could forward the phishing email to it as well.