A scam email doing the rounds claims to offer victims the chance of winning a £500 Morrisons voucher.
You are told you are one of only a select group of 10 participants selected for a prize draw. All you need to do to enter is fill out a brief online survey.
However, it is all a scam.
The supermarket giant has nothing to do with the emails and if you fill out the survey all you’ll be doing is giving your personal details to criminals.
This type of email survey scam is particularly crafty as we are all so accustomed to getting genuine emails from companies we shop with asking us to review items or complete a survey about our shopping experience.
“Legitimate companies like online surveys because they are quick, easy to put together and cheap to do,” a spokesperson for Action Fraud told Watchdog. “It’s not unusual to get a survey request in your email inbox from a company that you’ve recently bought something from or signed up to.
“Fraudsters also love online surveys because it’s easy to trick victims into revealing personal information such as banking details or passwords in the belief they are going to get something in return. They then use this to steal victim’s money or identity, or to sell this information to other fraudsters.”
Signs of a scam email
- The sender’s email address doesn’t match with the real organisation's web address.
- You aren’t addressed by your proper name. Instead, there is a generic greeting such as ‘dear customer’.
- There is pressure to act quickly – either you need to quickly claim a prize or if you don’t act your account will be closed
- You need to click on a link in order to act
- You are asked for personal information such as a username, password or your bank details
- Mistakes – scam emails often contain spelling and grammatical errors.
What to do if you get a suspicious email
1. Do not click on any links in the email.
2. Do not reply to the email, or in any way contact the sender.
3. If you have already clicked on a link within the email do not enter any information on the website that it takes you to.
4. Don’t open any attachments that come with the email.
5. Report the email to the police by forwarding the email to NFIBPhishing@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk.
6. If you think you might have given away information that could affect the security of your bank accounts contact your bank immediately.
7. If you have been a victim of an email scam report it to Action Fraud.