Asda scam warning: Shoppers targeted on Facebook with £1,000 voucher scam

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A new scam is doing the rounds on social media that targets supermarket shoppers. The online scam has been spotted on Facebook and claims to offer £1,000 worth of Asda vouchers. Shoppers are being warned not to click on the links as it could be used to steal their bank details. 

Fraudsters are targeting social media users from a page named “Asda Gifts” using sponsored adverts that offer the free voucher. 

The text on the advert reads: “Good news, We are giving away £1000 Asda Gift Cards across the country to raise brand awareness! Please complete a short survey below to figure out if you’re eligible to get it. Act fast! Only 949 Gift Cards left.”

The innocent-looking ad uses Asda’s branding and includes a photograph of two women with a shopping trolley loaded with groceries.

However, the link then takes you to a fake website, again using Asda’s branding to make it look more convincing. 

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It then prompts users to fill in a form with their name, home address, mobile number, bank account details, sort code and 3-digital security number in order to claim their gift card.

Asda has confirmed on Twitter that it is not one of its advertisements, warning that it looked like a scam that had been set up by cyber criminals. 

According to legal firm Griffin Law, around 100 people have already been sent the advert on Facebook.

Social media users should not click the link or enter any of their details, and if you’re concerned that you’ve been a victim of fraud you can report it to Action Fraud online or on 0300 123 2040. 

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In the last 24 hours another scam email has also been revealed to be targeting Asda and its shoppers. 

A Twitter user posted a screenshot of the badly-written email, which warned: “Today is the last chance for you to prepare your gift”. 

The email told the shopper that they had been “chosen” for a gift and that if they don’t click a link to respond, it will go to another “winner”. 

The email was signed off as from “Your ASDA team” but was clearly fake. 

The Asda team warned the shopper not to reply with any personal information while they looked into it.

Cyber expert Andy Heather, at anti-fraud website Centrify, told the Mirror: “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.

“These fraudulent posts are specifically designed to catch consumers off-guard, often making use of sponsored posts to fool unsuspecting victims into handing over personal information such as bank details.

“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.”

There have also been other supermarket scams doing the rounds online since the start of the lockdown. 

Con artists appear to be using the pandemic as a way to target shoppers as people seek out deals and offers while money is tight. 

Morrisons and Tesco shoppers were targeted earlier in the summer with a new WhatsApp scam. 

Britons were sent messages promising a free £250 voucher, including a non-secure web link. 

It then tried to capture their data in order to “win” the voucher, prompting the police to step in and warn shoppers not to click the link or share the message with others. 

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