We regularly receive reports of fake competitions, prize draws, voucher giveaways or surveys on social media or in emails, which appear to be linked to well known companies.
Many of these adverts lead to fake or unsecure websites which are designed to harvest your personal details or to infect your computer with malware.
Some examples which have been reported recently are:
- Fake emails purportedly from a supermarket, with the heading ‘You Are Our Winner’. You were asked to click on a link to discover what you have won. The link led to a page saying that you had won a new iPhone – you were asked to enter your card details in order to pay a £1 ‘handling charge’.
- A fake Currys/PC World page on social media which was offering free televisions if you liked and shared the page. These fake pages use ‘offers’ like this to build a following which could potentially allow them to attempt further scams on a larger audience
- Fake Primark emails saying that you had been selected to participate in an anonymous survey about your experiences with the store and that you would receive ‘exclusive reward offers’ including vouchers if you complete the survey
- Fake emails from supermarkets thanking you for your loyalty and offering you an opportunity to win a £200 gift voucher. You are asked to click on a link to get started
- A survey on social media saying that if you shared the link, you would have a chance of winning a house. The link led to a form which asked for your peronal details, bank details and security code.
- A fake competition on Facebook which used retailer B&M’s logo and branding and offered the chance to win a ‘free LCD TV’ or a £25 voucher.
What to do:
- If you receive unsolicited emails or texts offering discounts or deals, do not click on any links or open any attachments.
- Be wary of quizzes or surveys on social media which ask for personal details – think carefully about what information you are putting online. You don’t know who is accessing the information you enter and what they could use it for
- Check the spelling and grammar in the message/post. Fake surveys often contain small mistakes and unusual wording
- Read the terms and conditions before entering any competition – many fraudulent prize draws or offers do not list basic terms and conditions such as deadline dates or details on how winners will be selected
- Before taking part in a survey/competition which is supposedly being run by a supermarket or big brand, look at their official website to see if it is genuine
- Report scams to Advice Direct Scotland
- You can also report scam emails to the National Cyber Security Centre’s Suspicious Email Reporting Service.