Asda shoppers have been warned about a scam which could swindle them out of thousands of pounds.
Police have issued the warning to shoppers at the retailer, which makes up one of the so-called ‘big four’ in the UK, alongside Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.
On Thursday (September 3) officers issued the appeal over a gift card scam which targets shoppers via email.
The cruel scammers try to take advantage of unwitting customers by offering them prizes in return for filling out a short form.
Action Fraud tweeted: “We have received over 97 reports about these FAKE Asda emails offering the chance to win a £1,000 gift card.
“If you have been sent an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): firstname.lastname@example.org”
Entering your details for the chance to win could cause a huge problem, Mirror Online reports.
Cyber expert Andy Heather, from anti-fraud website Centrify, said: “With the majority of people still working from home or on furlough due to the Covid-19 crisis, we’re seeing a sharp rise in online scams offering everything from gift cards to discounts on everyday essentials.
“Failure to identify and avoid these scams could cause a serious security headache for consumers, especially if they are using company-owned laptops and mobile devices and inadvertently putting their employer at risk of fraud.
“All it takes is for a hacker to get hold of a username and password and within minutes they will be able to access email accounts and impersonate workers in an effort to commit widespread fraud, so it’s vital companies invest in the latest cyber security systems to ensure fraudsters are locked out of the business at all times.”
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