“Congratulations, you won a free Tesco voucher!!!”, “You have won £2000!”. Wow. Christmas came early this year... If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!
The messages claim to be from Tesco and explains that the user has been selected as one of the lucky winner of a 2000 pounds Tesco voucher, and all you need to do to claim the voucher, is to click the links in the email.
Tesco Phishing Email Scam
Clicking on the links will take you to a spoof website where you are asked to give away your personal information in order to claim the vouchers. The website is located in Russia, and has nothing to do with Tesco, and needless to say; you will not get a voucher, but criminals will have your details. They are asking for card number, password, registered mobile number, etc.
Tesco Bank will never send you emails asking for personal information or request that you click links to log in to their website to validate your login details. Neither are they giving away free money. If you have already responded to this scam and given your private and confidential information, have a look at Tesco Bank website for advice.
Tips to spot phishing emails
- Request you to supply personal by clicking on links and completing forms through websites,
- Threatens to suspend or close your online accounts if you do not respond to the email/validate your account through other website,
- Claims that your account has been compromised or accessed by an un- authorized person,
- Requests you to enter, validate or verify your account information,
- States that there are unauthorized charges on your account and requests your account information,
- Claims that the bank has lost important security information and needs you to update your information online,
- Requires you to enter your card number, password, user ID or account numbers into an email.
Protect yourself from email frauds
- Never click on Hyperlinks within emails, instead, copy and paste them into your browser,
- Do not open any file attached to the email,
- Always look for “https://” and padlock on web sites that require personal information,
- If you didn't initiate a transaction to which an email is referring, it's probably a scam,
- Never respond to spam / suspicious email or emails from unknown senders,
- Do not supply your personal / Bank account information to strangers, they are most likely scammers,
- Use spam filtering software,
- Remember: Banks, or financial institutions (such as for example PayPal) are unlikely to email their customers asking them to verify any account information.