Tesco scam warning: Hotmail, Gmail alert about fake gift card emails
Cybercriminals are trying to trick Tesco customers into handing over sensitive details with a new gift card scam. Gmail, Hotmail and Outlook users should stay alert to the new email scam that has already been reported to authorities almost 200 times. So far this month, Action Fraud – the UK’s fraud and cybercrime reporting center – has received 172 reports from the public about the Tesco gift card scam email.
The message claims to be from the UK supermarket giant with the recipient told they have a chance to claim a £500 Tesco gift card.
The recipient is directed to an external website where they are asked to enter information in order to claim the gift card.
However, this is all part of a scam designed to steal personal and financial information from email users.
In addition to losing your pocket, this type of scam can also lead to identification fraud.
Warning the public of the danger, Action Fraud said it had “received 172 reports this month of fake emails claiming to be from Tesco”.
The fraud experts added: “The emails say the recipient has been ‘selected’ for the chance to win a £500 Tesco gift card.
“The links provided in the emails lead to phishing websites designed to steal your personal and financial information.”
If you receive this scam message or any other suspicious email in your Gmail, Hotmail or Outlook account, you can forward it directly to the authorities.
Forward these messages to the government’s Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS), their email is [email protected]
If you want to stay safe from that Tesco scam or any similar inconvenience, there are a few things to watch out for.
First, check the sender’s contact information, as this can clearly indicate that a message is unofficial.
If an email claims to be from a large organization, it should be sent from an official domain name – not one that looks like but isn’t quite right or sent from a Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook or another type of address readily available.
Also check if the message contains typos or grammatical errors. If you do, it’s a red flag because these kinds of errors shouldn’t be found in official correspondence.
Alarm bells should also go off if a message relays some sort of urgent rallying call that you might be worried or worried about, especially if you’re told to send personal or financial information as well.
If you’ve done all of these checks and are still unsure, it’s best to find the official contact details of the organization in question and contact them.
Although it takes a bit of time, you’d be wasting even more time – and potentially money – if you were scammed.