Aldi warns about fake £250 voucher scam circulating on WhatsApp

Aldi warns about fake £250 voucher scam circulating on WhatsApp

May 6, 2020

ALDI shoppers are being warned about fake £250 vouchers circulating on WhatsApp that could give crooks access to your personal details.

The scam message claims the discounter is giving away £250 vouchers to "help the nation".

But the site itself is a copycat version of the Aldi page and by clicking on the link, you risk sharing your details with a scammer.

The voucher scam is the latest one affecting Aldi shoppers, who've previously been warned about fake £85 vouchers.

The coupons, which aim to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis, have been shared on WhatsApp and Twitter in recent days.

The message reads: "ALDI supermarket offers a free coupon of £250 to everyone this week to Help the nation.

"Click here to get:"

The link also has the urgent line “Hurry up! Few coupons left” which displays whenever the link is shared.

Although the hyperlink may seem convincing, it's not the correct address for Aldi's website.

Grammar mistakes are also common in messages from scammers.

Aldi has confirmed that the coupons are fake and warned the two customers on Twitter not to share their personal details.

A spokesperson also told The Sun: "The vouchers being circulated online are fraudulent.

"We advise customers to ignore these adverts and not to share any personal information."

How to protect yourself from scams

BY keeping these tips in mind, you can avoid getting caught up in a scam

  • Firstly, remember that if something seems too good to be true, it normally is.
  • Check brands are "verified" on Facebook and Twitter pages – this means the company will have a blue tick on their profile.
  • Look for grammatical and spelling errors; fraudsters are notoriously bad at writing proper English. If you receive a message from a “friend” informing you of a freebie, consider whether it’s written in your friend’s normal style.
  • If you’re invited to click on an URL, hover over the link to see the address it will take you to – does it look genuine?
  • To be on the really safe side, don’t click on unsolicited links in messages, even if they appear to come from a trusted contact.
  • Be careful when opening email attachments too. Fraudsters are increasingly attaching files, usually PDFs or spreadsheets, which contain dangerous malware.
  • If you receive a suspicious message then report it to the company, block the sender and delete it.
  • If you think you've fallen for a scam, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use its online fraud reporting tool.

Morrisons and Tesco shoppers have also been targeted by fraudsters in coronavirus scams.

While John Lewis shoppers have been warned about a scam offering £100 vouchers.

This week, Action Fraud reported that fake puppy and kitten adverts have conned pet lovers out of thousands of pounds.

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