Attention to all Christmas bargain and freebies hunter, what ever you do please remember that as you are shopping around for exclusive deals, fraudsters are also shopping around for Magas and Mugus (unsuspecting victims) luring them with fake deal links for example spending vouchers from top supermarkets like TESCO, ASDA, SAINSBURYS, LIDL and many more sent through Whatsapp messages, then steal their personal or credit card details once they click on those links.
This scam, which originally originates from Africa, sends whatsapp users a link pretending to be from supermarket chains, directing them to a fake website designed to steal details. The reality is most deals from top supermarkets will be mentioned in the store, website or Facebook page.
Warning from financial security expert reveals that those looking to benefit from Christmas deals and bonanza should be wary of scammers promoting fake deals, competition, free vouchers, coupons and many other mouth watery offers sent to Whatsapp users in the UK and Ireland. Fraud prevention service, Cifas, explained that fraudsters “can use the information you share online to pretend to be you and apply for bank accounts, mobile phones, loans or a wide range of other products in your name. This links and websites appears to be very real with credible-looking logos, pictures, and payment options making it easy for people to fall for such scams.
Click on next page below to see picture examples of links you should watch out for and tips on how to identify a fake link or website.